It’s About Time: Change-Related Issues in Organizational Research
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AbstractChange is prevalent in organizations. For example, employee positive and negative affects ebb and flow from moment to moment in the daily life (Bledow, Schmitt, Frese, & Kühnel, 2011). Newcomers’ attitudes and behaviors change when they adapt to the new environment in organizations (Kammeyer-Mueller, Wanberg, Rubenstein, & Song, 2013). The literature on leader-member exchange (LMX) has long theorized and demonstrated that when leaders and subordinates interact with each other, social exchange shapes the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for both leaders and subordinates (Graen & Scandura, 1987; Liden, Wayne, & Stilwell, 1993). The prominence of examining change-related issues notwithstanding, the existent literatures has been criticized as “a-temporal” and has not taken time “seriously” (e.g., Shamir, 2011: 307). One important reason is that the majority of theories in organizational research have not seriously taken a temporal perspective (Mitchell & James, 2001). As such, compared to studies on con- current relationships, there has been relatively much less research examining change-related issues in organizational research. Examining change-related issues represents not merely a more stringent test of causal relationships in organizations. It also enables us to investigate the change of a variable as a meaningful novel construct in and of itself (Day & Dragoni, 2015), to study how changes of different variables are related to each other, and even to examine dynamic reciprocal relationships among variables (Li, Fay, Frese, Harms, & Gao, 2014).
All Author(s) ListWen-Dong Li, Danni Wang, David V. Day
Name of Conference78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Start Date of Conference10/08/2018
End Date of Conference14/08/2018
Place of ConferenceChicago, Illinois, USA
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Proceedings TitleAcademy of Management Proceedings
Year2018
Volume Number2018
Issue Number1
ISSN0065-0668
eISSN2151-6561
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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