Organizational change readiness and manager' behavior in managing change

Gehan Mohammed Diab, Sanaa M. Safan, Huda M. Bakeer


Background and objective: Organizational readiness refers to organizational members’ change commitment and change efficacy to implement organizational change and confidence in their accumulative abilities to do so. The aim of the study was to assess the nurse managers’ behavior in managing change, and the level of the organizational change readiness at selected hospitals at Menofia Governorate.

Methods: Design: A descriptive cross-sectional design was used. Setting: The study was conducted at two hospitals, namely University Hospital and Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospital, in Menofia Governorate, Egypt. Subjects: It consisted of two groups, Group 1: A convenience sample of 136 staff nurses (67 staff nurses from Menofia University Hospital, and 69 from Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospital), Group 2: All nurse manager available on the time of the study (31 from Menofia University Hospitals, and 30 from Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospital). Tools: a) Tool one: Change management process Questionnaire, b) Tool two: Change Readiness Assessment Scale.

Results: More than half of the nurse managers reported that they have a good behavior in managing change in the organization, while the staff nurses reported that their managers had a bad behavior during the change process. Organizational readiness level was higher in University hospitals than in Teaching hospital as perceived by the study subjects.

Conclusions: The nurse managers and staff nurses reported that the organization had a bad readiness level to change. Additionally there was a positive correlation between organizational readiness and manager behavior in managing change. Recommendations: Organization should have a readiness for change to support the change process by possessing the right resources and conditions, a clear insights and goals for the intended change and have the inventiveness, behavior to participate with the change and develop work. Also, agents of change chiefs and management must need to drive a strong reaction for change from the stakeholders that leads to highest performance improvement. 

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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