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Management Are Aliens! Rumors and stress during organizational change

Bordia, Prashant; Jones, Elizabeth; Gallois, Cindy; Callan, Victor; Difonzo, Nicholas

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Rumors collected from a large public hospital undergoing change were content analyzed, and a typology comprising the following five broad types of change-related rumors was developed: rumors about changes to job and working conditions, nature of organizational change, poor change management, consequences of the change for organizational performance, and gossiprumors. Rumors were also classified as positive or negative on the basis of their content. As predicted, negative rumors were more...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBordia, Prashant
dc.contributor.authorJones, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorGallois, Cindy
dc.contributor.authorCallan, Victor
dc.contributor.authorDifonzo, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:54:01Z
dc.identifier.issn1059-6011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/38758
dc.description.abstractRumors collected from a large public hospital undergoing change were content analyzed, and a typology comprising the following five broad types of change-related rumors was developed: rumors about changes to job and working conditions, nature of organizational change, poor change management, consequences of the change for organizational performance, and gossiprumors. Rumors were also classified as positive or negative on the basis of their content. As predicted, negative rumors were more prevalent than positive rumors. Finally, employees reporting negative rumors also reported more change-related stress as compared to those who reported positive rumors and those who did not report any rumors. The authors propose that rumors be treated as verbal symbols and expressions of employee concerns during organizational change.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceGroup and Organization Management
dc.subjectKeywords: Communication; Organizational change; Rumor
dc.titleManagement Are Aliens! Rumors and stress during organizational change
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume31
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor150311 - Organisational Behaviour
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4024396xPUB166
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBordia, Prashant, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationJones, Elizabeth, Griffith University
local.contributor.affiliationGallois, Cindy, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationCallan, Victor, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationDifonzo, Nicholas, Rochester Institute of Technology
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage601
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage621
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1059601106286880
local.identifier.absseo910402 - Management
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T07:23:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33747871358
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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