Abstract - The Information Society 10(1)

Employee information processing behaviors before and after a corporate downsizing

Mary R Lind and Robert W Zmud

The majority of research on organizational information processing has been based in stable organization contexts. Information processing behaviors are examined within a Fortune 500 organization that experienced a substantial downsizing, namely a drastic reduction in both financial and human resources. Results indicate that individuals in the predownsizing context who exhibited a better fit between their information processing behaviors and their task environment were more likely to have both retained their jobs and constricted their information processing behaviors after the downsizing episode. However, even with these constricted information behaviors, the retained employees appear to be adjusting to their new work context and, in fact, may be exhibiting better overall fit than was exhibited prior to the downsizing episode.

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