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Reactions to Change in Romanian SMEs

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  • Eduard Gabriel CEPTUREANU

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The scope of this paper is to explore how organizational change influences SMEs employees’ reactions to change. We identify some reactions based on individuals experience and explore conditions for developing such reactions. We rely on qualitative interview data from a study conducted in 2015 of reactions to planned change. We test employees’ reactions to change and show how they differ depending on their intensity of experience. The findings indicate that experience generate opportunities for employees to develop their change skills, which leads to more constructive responses to subsequent change initiatives. Yet, negative experiences can lead to mistrust behaviour that is based on cynical attitudes. The findings contribute by identifying experience based skills among subjects of change. Main limitation of the study is threat of self-selection as employees who remain in the organization may be more susceptible to mistrust behaviour. When employees have extensive change experience, entrepreneurs must adjust their way of thinking about change. Entrepreneurs need to be alert to the prominence of more mistrust behaviour. They should recognize their own role in generating positive process experience, which is a prerequisite for developing change skills at the employee level. The study adds to the increasing focus on change perspectives during change and shows how change skills can be developed among employees.

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  • Eduard Gabriel CEPTUREANU, 2015. "Reactions to Change in Romanian SMEs," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 16(1), pages 77-87, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:16:y:2015:i:1:p:77-87
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    1. Giovanni Gavetti, 2005. "Cognition and Hierarchy: Rethinking the Microfoundations of Capabilities’ Development," Organization Science, INFORMS, vol. 16(6), pages 599-617, December.
    2. Sebastian Ion CEPTUREANU & Eduard Gabriel CEPTUREANU & Alina TUDORACHE & Filip ZGUBEA, 2012. "Knowledge Based Economy Assessment in Romania," Economia. Seria Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 15(1), pages 70-87, June.
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    Cited by:

    1. Sebastian-Ion CEPTUREANU, 2016. "Knowledge Management Tools in Romanian Companies," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 17(2), pages 123-129, May.
    2. Sebastian Ion CEPTUREANU, 2015. "Types Of Young Entrepreneurs," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 9(1), pages 345-350, November.
    3. Sebastian Ion CEPTUREANU & Eduard Gabriel CEPTUREANU & Alina TUDORACHE, 2015. "Considerations of Managerial Change in Knowledge Based Organization," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 16(4), pages 461-470, October.
    4. Eduard Gabriel CEPTUREANU, 2016. "Research On Change Management Into Small Family Businesses," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 10(1), pages 302-306, November.
    5. Sebastian Ion CEPTUREANU & Eduard-Gabriel CEPTUREANU, 2016. "Women Entrepreneurship in Romania: the Case of North East Development Region," Management and Economics Review, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 1(1), pages 20-32, June.
    6. Eduard-Gabriel CEPTUREANU, 2016. "Implications of Managerial Reengineering on Change Management," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 17(2), pages 164-172, May.
    7. Eduard-Gabriel Ceptureanu & Sebastian-Ion Ceptureanu & Cristian-Eugen Luchian & Iuliana Luchian, 2017. "Quality Management in Project Management Consulting. A Case Study in an International Consulting Company," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 19(44), pages 215-215, February.
    8. Sebastian Ion CEPTUREANU, 2015. "Knowledge Management in Romanian Young SMEs (Part 1)," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 16(1), pages 5-22, March.

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    Keywords

    change management; employees reaction; organizational change; SMEs; entrepreneurship.;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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