Effects of Organization Culture on Change Management: A Case of the Vocational Training Centre for the Blind and Deaf Sikri

Were Philip Onyango


Culture and organization change management are two importants components of an organization that all organization developers and Human Resource Managers must put into consideration when planning and executing any viable activity of the firm. This is because business environment is constantly changing and there is need to limit employee resistance to positive organizational change process. This can productively be achieved in an enivironment that promotes sharing of knowledge and conducive atmosphere that inculcates a culture of teamwork towards the attainment of organization strategic goals. This study investigated the causal effects of organization culture on change management using descriptive survey research design. Descriptive survey design was used because it allows for systematic collection and analysis of data in order to test hypothesis. The study was located at the Vocational Training Centre for the Blind and Deaf Sikri. The study targeted key respondents that included 16 teaching staff, 22 auxiliary staff, 6 Board of Governor’s members, 80 customers, 4 development partners and 60 other stakeholders giving a total sample of 188 participants which were randomly selected. The study employed interview schedule and structured questionnaire to collect data. In this study   reliability was ensured through a test-retest where the researcher administered a questionnaire to a sample of 18 respondents selected randomly and the results were computed with a cronbach alpha value of 0.710 attained. The study found out that 74% of the partcipants somehow agree that organization beliefs/ values as part of organization culture affects change management and that most respondents (30.3%, N= 57) strongly agree that employee attitudes as part of organization culture affects change management. Organization Norms has no significant (p=.406) effects on Change Management while Support by Top Management has significant (p=.000) effect on Change Management in an organization. R Square value of 0.294 and R adjusted value of 0.279 further indicates that organization culture accounts for 27.9% of change management in an organization. The study recommended that the institute’s top management should ensure that employee attitudes and pattern of work that promotes change management are support publicly. This will enhance the corporate culture that sustains econmic development and prosperity of the organization.

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