Coping with an organizational merger over four stages

Mel Fugate, Angelo J. Kinicki, Christine L. Scheck

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This longitudinal study examined how individuals cope over 4 stages of a merger. The study replicated and extended past coping research by examining changes in coping variables over time. Employee appraisals, coping resources, negative emotions, and emotion-focused and problem-focused coping strategies were measured. Negative appraisal, social support, perceived control, and emotion-focused coping significantly changed across stages. Coping variables exhibited linear, quadratic, and cubic trends over time, highlighting the complex and dynamic nature of the coping process. The findings provide important insight into how company management may influence employee coping during a merger. Implications for future research also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-928
Number of pages24
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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