Using the thoery of planned behaviour to explain why informed, participative employees tend to engage in change supportive behavior

O'Connor, Peter J., Jimmieson, Nerina L., & White, Katherine M. (2015) Using the thoery of planned behaviour to explain why informed, participative employees tend to engage in change supportive behavior. In 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP 2015), 2-4 July 2015, Melbourne, Vic. (Unpublished)



  • To assess whether variables from the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) can explain why two known predictors of organisational-change success (Information and Participation) enhance change-supportive behaviour during major organisational change.


  • A longitudinal design was used, whereby participants completed questionnaires measuring Information, Participation, Job Demands, TPB variables, Behavioural Intentions, and change-supportive behaviour before and after a large-scale change event (relocation).


  • Participants included 242 employees from a single organisation (26% response rate) who responded to an email inviting them to participate. Of these 242 employees, 106 responded two months later at time 2.


  • It was found that TPB variables mediated the effects of Information and Participation on change-supportive behaviour (both intention and actual behaviour) in employees. Interestingly, follow up analyses revealed that the indirect relationships from Information and Participation to change-supportive behaviour became much stronger when taking into account employee Job Demands (i.e. conditional indirect effects).


  • It seems that TPB variables collectively mediate the relationship between Information, Participation and change-supportive behaviour, and that this mediation is strongest when participants report low levels of Job Demand.

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ID Code: 99681
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Theory of Planned Behaviour, Organisational Change, Job Demand, Resistance to Change
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
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