A study on the effect of layoff on survivors for a local organization

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A study on the effect of layoff on survivors for a local organization


Author: Cheung, Wai-luen
Title: A study on the effect of layoff on survivors for a local organization
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Layoff systems
Downsizing of organizations
Employees -- Dismissal of
Organizational change -- Psychological aspects
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: v, 81 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1463714
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3261
Abstract: Due to various reasons, layoff has become a prevailing trend in local organizations. After a layoff, it is those who remains in an organization (usually known as layoff survivors) that determine the performance of the organization. Therefore it is worthwhile to find out how the survivors are affected after a layoff. The objective of the study was to find out the effect of layoff on survivors for a local organization. A field survey was conducted to examine the factors of survivors' reactions to layoff in local environment. Change in work effort, organizational commitment and turnover intention were used to measure survivors reactions. The study was divided into two parts. The target of the first part was to verify those relationships that were concluded in researches done in overseas and the second part was to evaluate if employability (the market value of the survivors) is a moderating variable to those verified relationships. Some of the factors identified in pervious researches were confirmed including perceived threat, perceived fairness, perceived change in job quality and favorability of co-workers' reaction. The effect of employability on the relationship between the above factors and 3 dependent variables: change in work effort, change in organizational commitment and change in turnover intention was also studied and found insignificant.

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