African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4156

Full Length Research Paper

Predictors of effective change management: A literature review

William Makumbe
  • William Makumbe
  • Department of Management Studies, Great Zimbabwe University Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
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  •  Received: 08 November 2016
  •  Accepted: 28 November 2016
  •  Published: 14 December 2016


The purpose of this study was to bring together and analyze significant writings on change management in order to establish key variables in effective change management. Whilst there are many change models that have prescribed stages involved in implementing successful change management, a synthesis of the actual key variables that act as a bedrock in effective organisation change is missing in literature. The literature review undertaken in this study therefore sought to summarise the models by explaining the key predictors of effective change management. This article argues that Change leadership, communication, employee engagement and employee commitment are key variables in successful organisation change implementation.

Key words: Change leadership, change communication, employee engagement,employee commitment.