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    SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

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    BURGER, Daniel H.; CROUS, Freddie  and  ROODT, Gert. Exploring a model for finding meaning in the changing world of work. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.1, pp. 1-11. ISSN 2071-0768.

    ORIENTATION: This article explores the role that meaning, as logotherapy conceptualises it, can play to facilitate organisational changes. RESEARCH PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to explore further a model an earlier paper proposed for using employees' experiences of meaning in work contexts to facilitate changes. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: The researchers could not find a comprehensive model in the literature for addressing employees' experiences of meaning in, or at, work during organisational changes. A previous paper proposed such a model, but it addressed only one component fully. This article seeks to explore this model further to address this apparent gap in the literature. RESEARCH DESIGN, APPROACH AND METHOD: The researchers used a literature review to conduct the study. The components of the model directed this review in order to find meaning at work. MAIN FINDINGS: The actions of organisations, which aim to create positive organisational contexts (through practices for improving meaning at work and transcendence) and to frame changes using 'Logo-OD', can improve employees' experiences of meaning during organisational changes. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Understanding the relationship between meaning and organisational change, and applying the model this article presents, can contribute to the overall success of change initiatives. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This study's primary contribution stems from the novel framework it presents for organisations to use the knowledge about how employees search for meaning to facilitate changes.

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