The Message Design Logics of Organizational Change Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated the influence of context in the production of messages by stakeholders about organizational change. We analyzed messages produced in response to hypothetical organizational change scenarios. The message production task was implemented within a 22 experimental design (N = 1,205) fielded at three different organizations. We included multiple replications for each manipulation, and multilevel structural equation modeling allowed for analysis across scenario replications. Results indicated that perceptions of change and context do influence message design mediated by intensity of beliefs about a change. The study extends message design logics theory and contributes to a conceptualization of stakeholder interaction during organizational change as a problem of communication design. 2013 National Communication Association.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Barbour, J. B., Jacocks, C. W., & Wesner, K. J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Barbour, Joshua B||Jacocks, Cara W||Wesner, Kylene J

publication date

  • January 2013