Outcomes of Organizational Change

A project on the consequences of organizational change in Danish firms

This project was funded by Danish Council for Independent Research (Section for Social Science), Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The project started 1 July 2009 and ended 31 July 2012.

The purpose of this research project was to study how employees and firms are affected by organizational change and larger shocks, such as the unexpected death of a top-manager. Taking a point of departure in the academic debate on the positive and negative effects of change, we study how employees’ mental health and the firms economic performance is affected by change, to mention a few of the indicators. The existing studies have paid limited attention to the effects on employees, which is a key contribution of this project. We contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of change. It is a step towards a better understanding of the challenges facing managers in changing firms or firms that experience significant shocks. We have not only gained a better understanding of how changes and shocks affect firms and employees, but also deeper understanding of how to study these events empirically.


Publications and working papers

  • Michael S. Dahl (2011) “Organizational Change and Employee Stress”. Management Science, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 240-256. [Link]
  • Pernille Gjerløv-Juel (2012) “Organizational Disruption and Firm Performance”. PhD Thesis, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University [Link]
  • Pernille Gjerløv-Juel and Christina Guenther (2012) “Heroes Today – But What about Tomorrow? Gazelles and Their Long-term Performance”. Working Paper (Under review). [Link]
    • Best Paper Proceeding, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston 2012.
    • Nominated for Best Paper, International Schumpeter Society Conference, Brisbane 2012.
  • Pernille Gjerløv-Juel (2012) “Who Loses a Leader Without Losing Ground? – Unexpected Death in Top Management Teams and Firm Performance”. Working Paper (Under review) [Link]
  • Pernille Gjerløv-Juel and Michael S. Dahl (2011) “The Effect of Top-Employee Migration and Spin-Offs on Incumbent Firms”. Working Paper. [Link]
    • Best Paper, European Meeting of Applied Evolutionary Economists, Pisa 2011.
  • Michael S. Dahl (2012) “HRM practices and Employee Stress from Organizational Change”. Working Paper.
  • Michael S. Dahl, Pernille Gjerløv-Juel and Juan M. Carriquiry (2012) “Impact of Top Management Replacement on Mental Health and Turnover of Employees”. Working Paper.