Stimulating Strategically Aligned Behaviour Among Employees
59 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2008
Date Written: January 2008 8,
Strategically aligned behaviour (SAB), i.e., employee action that is consistent with the companys strategy, is of vital importance to companies. This study provides insights into the way managers can promote such behaviour among employees by stimulating employee motivation and by informing employees, and by stimulating the development of their capabilities. The results of surveys conducted in three organisations suggest that, first, efforts by management aimed at motivating and informing employees (both managers and non-managers), and at developing their capabilities, each have an influence on SAB. Second, among the efforts to stimulate motivation among employees, providing a rationale for the strategy and an open communication climate have a stronger effect than participation in decision making and supportiveness. Third, the perceptions of the different types of managerial efforts influence each other. For this reason, the efforts have direct as well as indirect effects on SAB. Fourth, each of the efforts acts as a necessary condition for SAB to occur. Finally, the effect of informing efforts appears to be stronger for managerial employees than for non-managerial employees, and also for employees who have a better understanding of the organisations strategy.
Keywords: capability development, employee behaviour, information, motivation, strategic alignment, strategic change
JEL Classification: F23, M14, M, M12
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