The medium and the message: communicating effectively during a major change initiative

Goodman, Joanna and Truss, Catherine (2004) The medium and the message: communicating effectively during a major change initiative. Journal of Change Management, 4 (3). pp. 217-228. ISSN 1469-7017

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Abstract

The way in which organizations communicate with their employees during a change programme has been shown to have significant effects on the success of change initiatives, in particular on individual commitment, morale and retention. However, there have been few prior studies that have explored how organizations develop and deploy communication strategies in support of major change initiatives. In this article, we contribute to this discussion by showing how two organizations used a variety of communication strategies when implementing their change programmes and the effects these strategies had on their employees. The findings show that both the process and the content of the communication strategy are significant. In particular, the timing of change messages, matching communication strategies to the employee profile, the use of appropriate media, flexibility and the minimisation of uncertainty were especially significant. Based on our findings, we present a model of effective internal communication during the management of change programmes.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 10:09
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 13:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47970
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