Change Readiness A Multilevel Review

Published on Jan 1, 2013in Journal of Management9.056
· DOI :10.1177/0149206312457417
Alannah E. Rafferty15
Estimated H-index: 15
(UNSW: University of New South Wales),
Nerina L. Jimmieson31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UQ: University of Queensland),
Achilles A. Armenakis37
Estimated H-index: 37
(AU: Auburn University)
The authors conducted a theoretical review of the change readiness literature and identified two major limitations with this work. First, while there is substantial agreement about the key cognitions that underlie change readiness, researchers have not examined the affective element of this attitude. Second, researchers have not adopted a multilevel perspective when considering change readiness. The authors address these limitations and argue that it is important to incorporate affect into definitions of the change readiness construct and also when measuring this construct. They then develop a multilevel framework that identifies the antecedents and consequences of individual, work group, and organizational change readiness. Next, the authors outline the theoretical processes that lead to the development of individual and collective change readiness. They then review theoretical and empirical evidence to identify the antecedents of change readiness at the three levels of analysis. Finally, the authors identify a number of suggestions to guide future research seeking to adopt a multilevel approach to change readiness.
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