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The importance of supervisor support for a change initiative: An analysis of job satisfaction and involvement

Steven M. Elias (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)
Rakesh Mittal (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 11 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Although organizations change on a regular basis, much of what we know about the impacts of organizational change can best be described as macro‐level information. Only recently have scholars begun to examine the impact of organizational change at the level of the individual employee (i.e. micro level). The purpose of this paper is to assess the importance of a supervisor's support for a change initiative in relation to employee job satisfaction and job involvement.

Design/methodology/approach

This research made use of archival data. Police officers (n=88) were randomly selected from across the USA to complete phone interviews meant to assess, in part, supervisor support for a change from traditional policing to community policing, job satisfaction, and job involvement.

Findings

While supervisor support for the change initiative was found to be related to job satisfaction and job involvement, job satisfaction mediated the supervisor support‐job involvement relationship.

Research limitations/implications

The major limitation of this study is its small sample, which precluded the use of more advanced statistical techniques (i.e. structural equation modeling). The major implication is that both employees and the organization stand to benefit during a change initiative if the supervisor demonstrates his or her support for the initiative.

Originality/value

This research is of value given the prevalence of organizational change and the need for more research examining the impact of change on micro‐level issues.

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Citation

Elias, S.M. and Mittal, R. (2011), "The importance of supervisor support for a change initiative: An analysis of job satisfaction and involvement", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 305-316. https://doi.org/10.1108/19348831111173432

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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