CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF PAINT MANUFACTURING FIRMS IN RIVERS
The study investigated change management and organizational performance of paint manufacturing firms in Rivers State. The study aims at examining the influence of change management on organizational performance of paint manufacturing firms in Rivers State. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study, the survey design was adopted as the research design. The study population was made up forty four (44) paint manufacturing firms in Rivers State. The sample consisted of three hundred and fifty two (352) respondents who were purposively selected for the study. An instrument titled: Change Management and Organizational Performance (CMOP) was self-designed and used for data collection. The instrument was validated by experts from the department, while the reliability coefficient index of 0.81 was obtained using cronbach alpha statistics. The data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation for the research questions while s hypotheses were tested using z-test at 0.05 level of significance. The major findings of the study showed that, to a high extent technological change influences profitability and productivity of employees of paint manufacturing firms in Rivers State. Thus, there is no significant influence between the mean score of junior and senior employees on the influence of technological change on the profitability of paint manufacturing firms in Rivers State. The study recommends that paint manufacturing firms should invest more in modern technologies that would boost their level of performance in paint production.