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Dynamics of organizational change and employee identity retention in R&D organizations
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Information, Business and Management, ISSN 2076-9202, E-ISSN 2218-046X, Vol. 3, no 1, 22-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this study is to understand the dynamics of employee identity retention and its impact on organizational change in a Research and Development organization. The role played by social embeddedness in enhancing employees’ retention of self-identities and shaping their attitudes in resisting an orientation shift of organizational values and norms from that of civil services to distorting new public management orientation was assessed. The findings showed that the employees’ resistance was influenced by their personal core values which were distrustful towards the organizations change process. Senior staff members were reluctant to forego their independence of working as individuals by adopting a teamwork culture. It is concluded that as a result of the employees holding tight to their self-identities and failing to relate to new organizational norms, the production that emerged from the commercialisation process was not in consonance to the organization’s transformation needs.

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2011. Vol. 3, no 1, 22-38 p.
Keyword [en]
Social sciences - Social work
Keyword [sv]
Socialvetenskap - Socialt arbete
Research subject
Industrial Work Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9395Local ID: 80283780-c466-4f72-8b81-6bc0f98c3908OAI: diva2:982333
Validerad; 2011; 20110427 (mohami)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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