Strategically aligned behaviour (SAB), i.e., employee action that is consistent with the company’s strategy, is of vital importance to companies. This study provides insights into the way managers can promote such behaviour among employees by stimulating employee motivation and by informing employees, and by stimulating the development of their capabilities. The results of surveys conducted in three organisations suggest that, first, efforts by management aimed at motivating and informing employees (both managers and non-managers), and at developing their capabilities, each have an influence on SAB. Second, among the efforts to stimulate motivation among employees, providing a rationale for the strategy and an open communication climate have a stronger effect than participation in decision making and supportiveness. Third, the perceptions of the different types of managerial efforts influence each other. For this reason, the efforts have direct as well as indirect effects on SAB. Fourth, each of the efforts acts as a necessary condition for SAB to occur. Finally, the effect of informing efforts appears to be stronger for managerial employees than for non-managerial employees, and also for employees who have a better understanding of the organisation’s strategy.

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Keywords capability development, employee behaviour, information, motivation, strategic alignment, strategic change
JEL Multinational Firms; International Business (jel F23), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Personnel Management (jel M12), Corporate Culture; Social Responsibility (jel M14)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management
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Series ERIM Report Series Research in Management
Journal ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management
van Riel, C.B.M, Berens, G.A.J.M, & Dijkstra, M. (2008). Stimulating Strategically Aligned Behaviour among Employees (No. ERS-2008-045-ORG). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from