This paper by Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Aneil K. Mishra examines how survivor reactions to a downsizing influence their retention with a firm two years following a downsizing.
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Drawing on Lazarus and Folkman’s (1984) stress theory, Gretchen Spreitzer and Aneil K. Mishra hypothesize that the negative effects of downsizing on commitment can be mitigated when trust and empowerment are high.
Preserving Commitment During Downsizing: An Empirical Test of the Mitigating Effect of Trust and Empowerment
Gretchen M. Spritzer and Aneil K. Mishra explore whether the commitment of downsizing survivors can be preserved at a level comparable to employees who have not been subjected to a downsizing.
Explaining How Survivors Respond to Downsizing: The Roles of Trust, Empowerment, Justice and Work Redesign
In this paper, Aneil K. Mishra and Gretchen M. Spreitzer develop a stress-based framework of survivors’ responses to downsizing.
This paper by Karen Mishra, Gretchen M. Spreitzer, and Aneil Mishra draws from the literature as well as from interviews of managers who have managed downsizings to identify strategies which mitigate the damage to trust and empowerment typically incurred during downsizing activities.