Title: Employee involvement in strategy-making process and company performance: the mediating role of employee strategic alignment

Authors: Mohamed Laid Ouakouak; Noufou Ouedraogo

Addresses: Reims Management School, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, 57 rue Pierre-Taittinger 51096, Reims, France ' School of Business, Grant MacEwan University, Room 5-256F, 107 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4S2, Canada

Abstract: This article aims to study the mediating role of employee strategic alignment in the relationship between employee involvement in the strategy making process and company performance. We used structural equation modelling techniques with a sample of 372 European organisations of different sizes and from different countries. We found that employee strategic alignment plays a total mediating role in the relationship between employee involvement in the strategy making process and company performance. Our research shows the importance of employee involvement in the strategy making process, as well as the importance of employee alignment with the organisation's strategy. Our quantitative study can be complemented with a qualitative study in order to better understand how and why this relationship occurs. Our paper is the first to study and validate the mediating role of employee strategic alignment in the relationship between employee involvement in the strategy-making process and company performance.

Keywords: employee involvement; strategy making process; employee strategic alignment; company performance; firm performance; mediating role; structural equation modelling; SEM; Europe; mediation; business strategy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2013.052083

International Journal of Business Environment, 2013 Vol.5 No.4, pp.319 - 340

Received: 09 Sep 2012
Accepted: 09 Sep 2012

Published online: 12 Feb 2013 *

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