Employee Participation in Organizational Change: Investigating the Effects of Proactive vs by ProQuest

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									Magnus Sverke, Johnny Hellgren, Katharina Näswall,
Sara Göransson, Jan Öhrming*
Employee Participation in Organizational Change:
Investigating the Effects of Proactive vs. Reactive
Implementation of Downsizing in Swedish Hospitals**
Whereas employee participation is generally conceived to facilitate implementation of
organizational change, only limited research has investigated whether it may reduce
the negative effects of downsizing. The present study compares two Swedish hospitals
that implemented downsizing in different ways. While there were no major differences
in stressors between hospitals, proactive implementation was associated with more
employee participation. Moreover, employee participation variables were positively as-
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