A new role for place identity in managing organizational change

Rooney, David, Paulsen, Neil, Callan, Victor J., Brabant, Madeleine, Gallois, Cindy and Jones, Elizabeth (2010) A new role for place identity in managing organizational change. Management Communication Quarterly, 24 1: 44-73. doi:10.1177/0893318909351434

Author Rooney, David
Paulsen, Neil
Callan, Victor J.
Brabant, Madeleine
Gallois, Cindy
Jones, Elizabeth
Title A new role for place identity in managing organizational change
Journal name Management Communication Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0893-3189
Publication date 2010-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0893318909351434
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 44
End page 73
Total pages 30
Editor James Barker
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif., U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 1503 Business and Management
150312 Organisational Planning and Management
150310 Organisation and Management Theory
910402 Management
Abstract In an extension of organizational identity research, we draw on place identity theory (PIT) to argue that employees’ identification with their place of work influences their perceptions of large-scale organizational change. To determine how different types of employees respond to threats to their sense of place identity, we conducted 34 interviews with senior and middle managers, supervisory and nonsupervisory staff, and external stakeholders at a public hospital undergoing change. Groups of employees at lower levels of the organizational hierarchy experienced a stronger sense of place and belongingness and greater disruption to their place identity than those at higher levels. We discuss how place identity operates as a component of social identity as well as the responses managers can make to ways in which employees with different place identifications deal with change.
Keyword Place identity
Organizational change
Computer text analysis
Social identity
Social Identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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