Change management through leadership: the mediating role of organizational culture

Abdulla Ahmed Al-Ali (College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Sanjay Kumar Singh (College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Moza Al-Nahyan (College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Amrik Singh Sohal (Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Clayton, Australia)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Publication date: 4 September 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the influence of change leadership on organizational culture and change management practices in public-sector firms in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It also examines the mediating role of organizational culture on the interactions between leadership and change management programmes in the organization.

Design/methodology/approach

An empirical test of the hypotheses using confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling were applied to data collected from 210 middle-management respondents of public-sector organizations in the UAE.

Findings

The findings suggest that change-oriented leadership has a positive and significant direct effect on planned change (ß = 0.20, p < 0.01) and a positive and significant but indirect effect on planned change (ß = 0.279, p < 0.01) and emergent change (ß = 0.262, p < 0.01) change. Furthermore, hierarchical culture was found to positively and significantly impact directly on both planned (ß = 0.480, p < 0.001) and emergent (ß = 0.245, p < 0.01) change management in the UAE public-sector service organizations.

Practical implications

Based on the study’s findings, the role of the hierarchical culture in effecting change in the UAE public-sector organizations provides new and significant insights into the research literature on organizational culture as regards change management issues and the challenges facing these organizations.

Originality/value

The study makes a significant original contribution toward knowledge on the management of organizational change in UAE public-sector service organizations. It has practical implications for managers and leaders confronting organizational change management in the UAE.

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Citation

Al-Ali, A., Singh, S., Al-Nahyan, M. and Sohal, A. (2017), "Change management through leadership: the mediating role of organizational culture", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 723-739. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-01-2017-1117

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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