Downsizing Survivors’ Communication Networks and Reactions: A Longitudinal Examination of Information Flow and Turnover Intentions
Susskind, Alex M.
The pre- and postdownsizing information flow and postdownsizing turnover intentions of downsizing survivors were examined in the corporate office of an international hotel company. Using a combination of network analysis and path analysis, the relationship between changes in downsizing survivors’ betweenness centrality and perceptions of information adequacy relative to reported turnover intentions were examined across two postdownsizing time periods. Results of the path analyses provided general support for the model as hypothesized, indicating in postdownsizing periods that changes to network members’ network centrality positively influenced changes in their perceptions of information adequacy, which then negatively influenced their turnover intentions. The article concludes with a discussion of the support for the hypotheses and the study’s limitations and pragmatic implications.
communication networks; downsizing; longitudinal network analysis
Required Publisher Statement: © SAGE. Final version published as: Susskind, A. M. (2007). Downsizing survivors’ communication networks and reactions: A longitudinal examination of information flow and turnover intentions. Communication Research 34(2), 156-184. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.