ERIC Number: ED374486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
The Relationship between Organisational Culture and Organisational Climate with Reference to a University Setting.
McMurray, Adela Jana
A study examined the organizational climate of a university undergoing dramatic change and its relationship to specific aspects of that institution's organizational culture. Earlier research has shown that organizational climate directly affects an organization's communication climate, but it is less clear how organizational climate influences and is influenced by the more pervasive concept of organizational culture. The possibility of a reciprocity between culture and climate was a key focus of this study. A total of 128 of 145 academic staff across six faculties and one center of the new North Coast University (Australia) completed anonymous surveys. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Principal, all seven Deans, and all 15 Center Heads from the various faculties. Results confirm recent findings that culture informs climate in a number of important ways, most notably through the influence of organizational leadership. Data also yielded some new insights as to the ways in which organizational climate and culture intersect, which had particular relevance at the sub-unit level where climate features were perceived to be most positive in those faculties whose subcultures were found to be congruent with the leadership culture. (Contains 63 references, four tables of data, and two figures illustrating aspects of organizational communication models are included. The survey instrument and a factor analysis are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the International Communication Association and the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, July 11-15, 1994).