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Coping with organizational changes due to executives’ succession: the role of personal and contextual resources for job crafting

Filomena Buonocore (Department of Law, University of Naples Parthenope, Napoli, Italy)
Marcello Russo (Department of Management, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy) (Bologna Business School, Bologna, Italy)
Davide de Gennaro (Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy) (Department of Management, Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione, Roma, Italy)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 7 December 2022

Issue publication date: 19 January 2023




Each time there is a government change (indeed a very frequent scenario for Italy), and the leadership team of strategic offices and operations in the public administration is usually replaced. Using the job crafting theoretical framework, the purpose of this study is to investigate how the uncertainty generated by changes in the leadership teams of public offices shapes the public managers’ coping strategies.


This study adopts a deductive qualitative approach. Data for this study were collected through 47 interviews conducted with public managers working at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.


The results of the study suggest that job crafting – a proactive approach aimed at customizing the content and nature of one’s job – represents a frequent strategy that public managers undertake, drawing on the personal and contextual resources at their disposal, to reduce perceived uncertainty associated with manager transition.


Questions related to the positive or negative impact of managerial transitions generated conflicting opinions in the literature. The authors demonstrate that job crafting could represent a valuable strategy adopted by executive managers to cope with increasing uncertainty associated with managerial transition due to government change, especially when these strategies enable to gain valuable personal and contextual resources for managers.



Declarations of interest: none

Funding: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


Buonocore, F., Russo, M. and de Gennaro, D. (2023), "Coping with organizational changes due to executives’ succession: the role of personal and contextual resources for job crafting", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 64-78.



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