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Employee self efficacy and job stress during organizational change : the mediating effect of risk perception

Dijk, M. van (2009) Employee self efficacy and job stress during organizational change : the mediating effect of risk perception.

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Abstract:During the current worldwide recession, many organizations are subjected to vigorious change. A Dutch bank organization who was part of a cancelled merger with another major bank organization was recently nationalized by the Dutch government. As a result of these changes, employees experience increased levels of job stress. This research indentifies self efficacy as an important factor to influence the amount of stress among employees. Furthermore, it identifies the perception of risk as a mediating factor in the relation between self efficacy and job stress. A total of 83 (57%) employees filled in a digital survey. The survey consisted of 49 statements measured by a five-point likert scale. The results confirm a main effect of self efficacy on job stress, and a mediating effect of risk perception with a reverse causal effect. These results lead to a conclusion that during a recession, self efficacy of change negatively relates to job stress, and supports the general notion that self efficacy will effect job stress. Because of the confirmation of the reversed causality, a mediating effect of risk perception cannot be confirmed. However, it is made clear that there is a relation between job stress and risk perception. It is therefore suggested that future research is conducted using the same variables whilst controlling for the mediating variable
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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