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The relationship between organisational culture, organisational climate and managerial values

Joseph Wallace (Monash Mt Eliza Business School, Monash University, Victoria, Australia)
James Hunt ( School of Business, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and)
Christopher Richards (The Boston Consulting Group, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 December 1999



This paper begins with a comprehensive review of the management literature on culture, and demonstrates close parallels with research and writings on organisational climate and values. The paper then reports the findings from an empirical investigation into the relationship between the organisational culture, climate, and managerial values of a large Australian public sector agency. The relative strengths of four dimensions of culture in this organisation were measured using Hofstede’s instrument. Added to this were items from a questionnaire developed by Ryder and Southey, derived from the Jones and James instrument measuring psychological climate and providing scores across six specific dimensions of organisational climate. Measures of managerial values, drawn from a questionnaire by Flowers and Hughes, were also incorporated. Results show that levels of culture within this particular organisation are at variance with those reported by Hofstede from his Australian data. Findings indicate a strong link between specific organisational climate items and a number of managerial values dimensions. Additional relationships between particular dimensions of culture, climate and managerial values are also reported. From this, a hypothesised, predictive model of linkages between the constructs is presented.



Wallace, J., Hunt, J. and Richards, C. (1999), "The relationship between organisational culture, organisational climate and managerial values", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 12 No. 7, pp. 548-564.




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