Stimulating Strategically Aligned Behaviour Among Employees

36 Pages Posted: 20 May 2007

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C.B.M. van Riel

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

G. Berens

affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. Dijkstra

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

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Date Written: May 10, 2007

Abstract

In recent years it has become increasingly important for companies to ensure strategically aligned behaviour, i.e., employee actions that are consistent with the company’s strategy. This study provides insights into the way companies can stimulate such behaviour through motivating and informing their employees, and by providing them with the necessary capabilities. The results of surveys conducted in three organisations suggest that motivating, informing, and providing the necessary capabilities are essential conditions for strategically aligned behaviour to occur; however, this only holds when a company has not sufficiently engaged in one or more of these practices in the past. For example, in the case that employees have already been sufficiently informed about the company’s strategy, it would be of greater benefit to then reduce efforts to inform them and increase efforts to motivate and develop capabilities.

Keywords: Capability development, Employee behaviour, Information, Motivation, Strategic alignment

Suggested Citation

van Riel, Cees B.M. and Berens, G. and Dijkstra, M., Stimulating Strategically Aligned Behaviour Among Employees (May 10, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-029-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=985727

Cees B.M. Van Riel (Contact Author)

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

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G. Berens

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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M. Dijkstra

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

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