Change and Discomfort in Academia: How Far Should We Stretch in Our Readiness for Change?

15 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013

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Laurie Branch

Case Western Reserve University

Tony Lingham

Case Western Reserve University

Kalle J. Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Date Written: September 20, 2013

Abstract

This study examines the impact of self-efficacy, perceived collective efficacy, and tolerance for the discomforts associated with change, on intentional readiness for change. Our quantitative study is based on 489 survey responses from faculty and administrators across a variety of U. S. business schools. Our findings suggest self-efficacy is an important factor in predicting intentional readiness for change. Further, our results indicate perceived collective efficacy positively mediates the relationship between self-efficacy and intentional readiness. Surprisingly, we found some forms of discomfort such as increased work load, changing relationships and decreased job security actually increase readiness. However, as the level of frustration and anger about the impact of change increases, we saw a dramatic reduction in readiness. This research is important because it suggests business school leaders can be comfortable causing some discomfort with change initiatives but they must beware too much discomfort or risk a strongly negative effect on readiness.

Keywords: Organizational Change; Business Schools; Curriculum; Higher Education; Self-efficacy; Perceived Collective Efficacy; Discomfort

Suggested Citation

Branch, Laurie and Lingham, Tony and Lyytinen, Kalle J., Change and Discomfort in Academia: How Far Should We Stretch in Our Readiness for Change? (September 20, 2013). Third Annual International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Atlanta, Georgia. September 19-22, 2013. Paper 8.3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327859 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2327859

Laurie Branch (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University ( email )

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Tony Lingham

Case Western Reserve University ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Kalle J. Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

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