19th EAWOP Congress

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    EAWOP Turin 2019 IFPOC symposium proposal IFPOC symposium: Enabling conditions and mechanisms for positive change.Chair: Karen van Dam & Joris van Ruysseveldt, Open University of the Netherlands.Discussant: Karina Nielsen, School of Management, Sheffield University State of the art.
    Increased competition, changing markets and innovation are some of the forces requiring organisations to continuously change and develop. As a result, employees experience increased pressures to be adaptable and tolerant of uncertainty, and deal with new or changing work situations. In the past two decades, change researchers have started to investigate employees’ responses to change. Recognizing the crucial role of these responses for successful change implementation, they focused on employees’ resistance to change and the change process characteristics that might fuel these responses. Less attention has been given to positive outcomes of change and the conditions and mechanism that foster these positive outcomes. New perspective / contributionsOur symposium takes a new and positive perspective toward change by investigating the conditions and mechanisms that may support positive change. The studies emphasize the role of organizational support, learning demands, job resources, affective commitment, and an intervention. As the world of work is constantly changing and employees need to sustain their careers for a longer period of time, it is of crucial importance to better understand the processes that enhance positive change outcomes, and contribute to employee well-being, learning, and performance.Research / practical implicationsThis symposium aims to increase our understanding of the conditions and mechanisms involved in positive change processes. Moreover, the findings have practical implications for successful change implementation. Discussant, Karina Nielsen, will reflect on the studies and encourage discussion with the audience. * International Forum on the Psychology of Organizational Change, has organized two EWAOP small group meetings and several symposia.
    Period31 May 2019
    Event typeConference
    Conference number19
    LocationTurin, ItalyShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • organizational change
    • positive change attitudes
    • workplace learning
    • affective commitment
    • change readiness
    • job demands
    • job resources