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Commitment to change

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 18 May 2021



The purpose of the study was to develop and validate an integrative measure of commitment to change using a mixed-methods approach. Changes in employees' commitment to change over time were examined.


This is a longitudinal study using participants in China. The researchers used a mixed-methods design.


Three hypotheses were supported: 1. Initial and later commitment to change were positively correlated 2. Commitment to change and change supportive behaviour was positively correlated 3. Initial commitment to change was negatively related to resistance to change.

Research limitations/implications

Construct clarification can be further examined across cultures to make its cross-cultural validity clearer. The research uses participants from a Chinese context and adds significantly to understanding of commitment to change in this culture.

Practical implications

Employers would do well to attend to the needs and interests of employees who have higher vocational commitment to change.


This research report gives data from participants from a Chinese cultural background which gives new information regarding vocational commitment to change and opens new areas for further research.



[This paper was granted by the National Natural Science Foundation of China [No. 71402067], the Humanities and Social Science Planning Project of the Ministry of Education [No. 19YJCZH029], Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation [No. ZR2019MG002], and Shandong Social Science Planning Project [No. 18CGLJ14]].


(2021), "Commitment to change", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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