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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    van Dam, K. (2018). Feelings about change: The role of emotions and emotion regulation for employee adaptation to organizational change. In M. Vakola, & P. Petrou (Eds.), Organizational Change: Psychological effects and strategies for coping (1 ed., pp. 67-77). Routledge. Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315386102