Adapting to Change: the Value of Change Information and Meaning-Making

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Journal of Vocational Behavior 83 (2013) 11–21

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Adapting to change: The value of change information and meaning-making Machteld van den Heuvel a,⁎, Evangelia Demerouti b, Arnold B. Bakker c, Wilmar B. Schaufeli a a Dept. of Work & Organizational Psychology, Utrecht University, PO Box 80140, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dept. Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Human Performance Management Group, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven,
The Netherlands c Dept. of Work & Organizational Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands b a r t i c l e

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Article history:
Received 10 January 2013
Available online 19 February 2013
Keywords:
Adaptability
Adaptive attitudes
Adaptive behavior
Change information
Meaning-making
Organisational change

a b s t r a c t
The purpose of this 3-wave study is to examine the micro process of how employees adapt to change over time. We combined Conservation of Resources theory with insights from the organizational change literature to study employees in a Dutch police district undergoing reorganization. A model was tested where employee adaptability, operationalized by the presence of resources, predicts individual adaptive attitudes as well as adaptive behavior over time. Change information was included as a contextual change resource and meaning-making as a personal change resource. The research design allowed for examining longitudinal relationships by capturing data (1) before (Time 1), (2) during (Time 2), and (3) after change implementation (Time 3). We expected adaptability before and during change implementation to predict adaptive attitudes and adaptive behavior…...

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