Conference Paper from a Unitec Master student

Below an abstract of a conference paper from a Unitec Master student.

This paper was presented at the 14th Annual Waikato Business School Conference on 18 September 2010.

The impact of stress during restructuring in a tertiary institution


Authors

Mr J Singh

MBus Graduate

Department of Management and Marketing

Unitec New Zealand

Email: singhjai777@hotmail.com

Dr Andries J. du Plessis

Senior Lecturer

Department of Management and Marketing

Unitec New Zealand

J. Oldfield

Lecturer

Department of Accounting & Finance

Unitec New Zealand

Abstract


This paper reports on stress during restructuring in a tertiary institution in New Zealand. Although certain amount of stress can enhance a person’s performance, too much stress can have a reverse impact on a person’s health resulting in lower productivity. Therefore the aim of this research is to determine the impact of stress on staff effectiveness and performance; thus determining if stress was experienced within an organisation that is currently undergoing restructuring.

A quantitative research method was adopted to collect data from a large sample of participants. Surveys were carried out to determine the impact of stress and how to minimise the impact. The survey was distributed electronically to 291 participants comprising of staff from “Faculty A” at a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) in Auckland and the response rate was 20.3%.

The findings of the study demonstrate high positive results with regards to factors that cause stress within organisations during organisational restructuring. This indicates that stress was not managed up to staff expectations during the restructuring at the chosen TEO and the impact was more severe than was expected.

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