Mission statement effectiveness: investigating managers' sensemaking role

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Toh, S.-Y., Tehseen, S., Mahmoud, A. B., Cheok, J., Grigoriou, N. and Opute, J. (2021). Mission statement effectiveness: investigating managers' sensemaking role. . Corporate Communications: An International Journal, . APA 7th Edition. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCIJ-03-2021-0031
AuthorsToh, S.-Y., Tehseen, S., Mahmoud, A. B., Cheok, J., Grigoriou, N. and Opute, J.
Abstract

Abstract
Purpose – This study highlights the instrumental role of the mission statement as a tool used by managers to
shape value congruence to achieve enhanced employee performance levels.
Design/methodology/approach – A variance-based structural equation modelling was used to analyse the
data obtained from a sample of 123 managers working in private organisations in Malaysia.
Findings – The management sensemaking approach is useful in mission statement research. Managers’
involvement in clarifying the mission statement to various firm stakeholders, especially employees, is the
strongest predictor of value congruency between employees and the firm, leading to improved levels of
employee behavioural performance. Managers can influence value congruency through two processes:
(1) guiding and shaping employees’ values and (2) adapting the mission statement’s contents.
Research limitations/implications – Future studies can consider the impact of managerial role modelling
on employees’ value alignment with the firm in longitudinal studies. Other aspects of alignment offer further
research opportunities, for example, HR policy alignment and alignment of marketing and operation strategies
with the mission statement.
Practical implications – Managers should move beyond treating themission statement as a management tool.
Instead, it is a firm philosophy that reflects managers’ words and deeds and exemplifies their philosophical ideals.
Originality/value – Despite three decades of research into the relationship between the mission statement
and performance, the results have been mixed. Therefore, this study adopts a sensemaking approach to
research the mission-performance relationship underpinned by the resource-based view (RBV) theory.

KeywordsKeywords Mission statement, Sensemaking, Strategic alignment, Value congruence, Managerial role modelling
Year2021
Journal. Corporate Communications: An International Journal,
Journal citationAPA 7th Edition
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/CCIJ-03-2021-0031
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/1356-3289.htm
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Print05 Sep 2021
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Accepted12 Mar 2021
Deposited24 Dec 2021
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