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Organisational Change — Threat or Challenge? The Role of Individual Differences in the Management of Stress

Helen Taylor (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK)
Cary L. Cooper (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 January 1988

Abstract

Organisational change, for some employees, can pose threat, for others challenge. It has been found that, given the same organisational stressors, certain individuals fall victim to stress and ill‐health, whereas others remain healthy. In order to seek a clearer understanding of this phenomenon, the personality/stress/health relationship is explored with reference to individual differences in Type A behaviour, locus of control, hardiness, extraversion, neuroticism, and tension discharge rate. It is suggested that organisational change management should be within the framework of communication, control and counselling. Future research should pursue a multidimensional, interactive course to gain a greater insight into this highly complex relationship.

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Taylor, H. and Cooper, C.L. (1988), "Organisational Change — Threat or Challenge? The Role of Individual Differences in the Management of Stress", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 68-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb025595

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