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Organisational climate and climate strength in UK hospitals

Dawson, JF and Gonzalez-Roma, V and Davis, A and West, Michael (2008) Organisational climate and climate strength in UK hospitals. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 17 (1). pp. 89-111. ISSN 1359-432X

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    Abstract

    In recent years, researchers have paid increasing attention to the idea of “climate strength” – the level of agreement about climate within a work group or organization. However, at present the literature is unclear about the extent to which climate strength is a positive attribute, and is concerned predominantly with small teams or organizational units. This paper considers three theoretical perspectives of climate strength, and extends these to the organizational level. These three roles of climate strength are then tested in 56 hospitals in the United Kingdom. Positive relationships were discovered between two of three climate dimensions (Quality and Integration) and expert ratings of organizational performance, and curvilinear effects between Integration climate strength and performance was also found Very high or very low Integration climate strength was less beneficial than a moderate level of climate strength. However, there were no interaction effects discovered between climate and climate strength. Implications for future climate strength research are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
    ID Code: 55478
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 09:31
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:42
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55478

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