The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Investigating Occupational Stress on Faculty of Higher Education in Relation to Organizational Change

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Pub. Date : Jan, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB020121
Author Name : Alka Shrivastava
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 13



The Indian higher education system has introduced noticeable changes from time to time for academic development as well as administrative improvement. Autonomy is one of the widely accepted initiatives in education policy and practice in India. Several institutions of higher education have been converted from non-autonomous to autonomous. This conversion has created a big change in the institutions. The individuals' experience during organizational changes is a relevant topic for inquiry and study in the field of organizational development. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the study on occupational stress due to organizational change among academic faculty of autonomous colleges in Madhya Pradesh, India. The results confirm that there is moderate level of occupational stress due to change in work environment. A comparison of stress levels between the faculty of government and private autonomous colleges and between male and female faculties is also presented. A t-test has been applied to test the hypotheses. The results show that there is no significant difference on stress levels between the faculty of government and private autonomous colleges and between male and female faculties.


Organizational change and occupational stress are now widely accepted as a major issue in organizational development. Occupational diversities and changes such as organizational changes, payment and salary changes, occupational optimization, reduction or increase in human resources as well as the social shift changes can bring high potential pressure on people's behavior, triggering more panic, anxiety and worry about life (Stephen Robbins, 2008).

A study carried out by the American Psychological Association (APA, 2017) found that organizational changes, such as restructuring, budgetary modifications, new IT or human resources system or new leadership, can lead employees who are overly stressed to have less trust in their employers and have a greater desire to find new jobs.


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