The influence of Islamic work ethic on employees’ responses to change in Kuwaiti Islamic banks

Ahmed Al-Shamali, Zahir Irani, Mohamed Haffar, Sarah Al-Shamali, Fahad Al-Shamali

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Significant attention has been paid recently to Islamic Work Ethic (IWE) particularly in organizational change literature. However, the nature of the relationship remains ambiguous. Research studies attempting to uncover IWE’s influence on characteristics of employees’ responses are still in its infancy. To tackle this gap, this study contributes to knowledge by developing a possible conceptual model identifying IWE’s influence on employees’ responses towards change in the shape of their commitment to change and organizational deviance. The testing of these relationships took place in the ever-developing Kuwaiti Islamic banking sector. Data was collected from 398 employees by distributing self-administered questionnaires. Outcomes revealed that the extent of IWE’s influence on employee commitment to change varied across different components. This result offers a unique understanding into IWE’s affiliation with employee attitudes to change, especially in the Islamic banking sector. Moreover, IWE was found to negatively influence employee engagement in organizational deviance. As such, this finding has not been established within the context of change previously. Due to such findings, several implications and future research directions emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101817
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number5
Early online date3 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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  • Commitment to change
  • Islamic Work Ethic
  • Islamic banking
  • Kuwait
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational deviance behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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