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Leadership credibility and change success: mediating role of commitment to change

Noufou Ouedraogo (MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada)
Michel Zaitouni (College of Business Administration, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Mishref, Kuwait)
Mohammed Laid Ouakouak (College of Business Administration, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Mishref, Kuwait)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 23 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of leadership credibility on employees' behaviours and attitudes towards organisational change through the lens of employee commitment to change.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a quantitative study in which 239 participants from diverse organisations participated.

Findings

Using structural equation modelling techniques, the results reveal that leadership credibility has a positive effect on both affective and normative commitment to change but a negative effect on continuance commitment to change. The authors also report that change success is positively impacted by affective commitment to change and negatively impacted by continuance commitment to change but is not significantly affected by normative commitment to change.

Research limitations/implications

Thus, the authors contribute to closing a knowledge gap in change management theory while making practical recommendations for leading people during times of organisational transition.

Originality/value

This study sheds light on the role of leadership credibility and employee commitment during organisational change.

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Citation

Ouedraogo, N., Zaitouni, M. and Ouakouak, M.L. (2021), "Leadership credibility and change success: mediating role of commitment to change", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-01-2021-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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