IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Psychological change climate as a catalyst of readiness for change: A dominance analysis


  • G. DEVOS



Purpose: The aim of this inquiry was to explore the relationships between four psychological change climate dimensions (trust in top management, history of change, participation in decision making, and quality of change communication) and readiness for change. Design/methodology/approach: By means of a large scale survey administered in 56 Flemish public and private sector organizations, we collected in total 1,559 responses. These data were used to test the hypotheses about the role of context (i.e. trust in top management and history of change) and process factors of change (i.e. participation in decision making and quality of change communication) in engendering readiness for change. Findings: In general the results of the hierarchical regression analyses supported the four hypotheses. This implies that trust in top management, a positively perceived change history, participation in decision making and excellent change communication, have positive correlations with readiness for change. Furthermore, different patterns are observed with respect to the relative contribution of process and context factors in explaining the overall readiness for change and the three sub dimensions (i.e. emotion, cognition and intention). Despite these differences, a major conclusion is that the perceived change process and change context are salient antecedents of people’s attitude towards change. Originality/value: This study contributes to the literature by looking at the combined effects and relative contributions of change communication, participation in decision making, trust in top management and history of change on readiness for change. In addition, readiness for change is measured as a multidimensional construct comprised of an emotional, cognitive and intentional component, whereas previous inquiries considered it as a one-dimensional construct.

Suggested Citation

  • D. Bouckenooghe & G. Devos, 2007. "Psychological change climate as a catalyst of readiness for change: A dominance analysis," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 07/483, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:rug:rugwps:07/483

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


    Readiness for change; Psychological Change Climate; Context Factors of Change; Process Factors of Change; Dominance Analysis;

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:rug:rugwps:07/483. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Nathalie Verhaeghe). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.