ERIC Number: ED267343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Climate: Myth and Measurement.
Mailler, William D.
The concept of organizational climate came from a desire to understand person-environment interactions. Most research has focused on the development of measuring instruments and much less has focused on development of a theory base. The small amount of existing theory has been used as a beginning for measurement activities. The lack of theory may reflect the need of behavioral scientists to have quantitative data and the lack of communication between researchers and practitioners. Recently researchers have begun to recognize the need for a sound theoretical base. Valuable results obtained from previous research include the following: (1) no consensus exists as to whether current techniques are measuring perceptions of individuals or organizational attributes; (2) no data shows organizational climate affecting organizational outcome; (3) organizations have a set of climates; (4) no research accounts for the positive nature of organizational climate scores; and (5) instruments measuring organizational climate have not been validated. Future research should be applied to developing a theoretical base. A seven-page reference list concludes the paper. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 1986).