Feelings about change: The role of emotions and emotion regulation for employee adaptation to organizational change

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    Abstract

    The goal of this chapter is to delineate the role of emotions and emotion regulation as a part of employees’ change responses. First, we will ask why change can act as an affective event: what are the reasons for employees to respond emotionally to change. Next, we focus on the concept and function of emotions, and how emotions relate to organizational change. Following, Gross’ (1998, 2015) process model of emotion regulation is discussed as an overarching, theoretical framework, that might explain which strategies employees use during organizational change. The chapter concludes with several suggestions for future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrganizational Change
    Subtitle of host publicationPsychological effects and strategies for coping
    EditorsMaria Vakola, Paraskevas Petrou
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter5
    Pages67-77
    Number of pages11
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315386096
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    SeriesCurrent Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

    Keywords

    • organizational change; emotions; emotion regulation

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