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Understanding the role of social media in organizational change implementation

Naeem, Muhammad (2020) Understanding the role of social media in organizational change implementation. Management Research Review, 43 (9). pp. 1097-1116. ISSN 2040-8269

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the role of social media in implementing effective organizational change. The study illuminates how social media applications support the antecedents of organizational change in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach: The study followed an interpretive approach based on qualitative design and grounded theory using 41 non-directive and semi-structured interviews with change leaders and change recipients. These respondents were chosen using purposive sampling and thematic analysis was then performed using NVivo 11-Plus software. Findings: This research highlights how social media applications can be used to overcome the challenges of organizational change implementation. The findings of the study illuminate various emerging themes such as social media applications are beneficial for fostering knowledge sharing about change processes and enhancing effective communication during change formulation and implementation. It can increase the level of trust and participation in decision-making and decrease the level of resistance to change. Also, it can enhance the level of support for change acceptance in the workplace. Practical implications: Social media application (SMAs) are helpful to foster informal, constructive and relevant discussion with respect to routines organizational tasks, employee concerns about new changes, information about job security and financial and non-financial benefits after change implementation. The effective and efficient use of SMAs helps organizations to foster knowledge amongst employees and they can address various critical issues i.e. employee uncertainties about change initiatives, social consensus on the solution of problems and interactive communication among social actors within a network. Originality/value: The study represents an effort to explore seldom-researched aspects such as the role of social media in the context of change formulation and implementation at the workplace. Social media applications have become popular across the world and the speed of their usage is rising day by day, but their real contribution toward organizational change has not yet been fully understood. © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: organizational change, social media, effective communication, trust, insurance sector organizations, human resource management, exploratory study
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Karen Veitch
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 13:53
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 09:53

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