Climate of fear in organisational settings : construct definition, measurement and a test of theory

Ashkanasy, Neal & Nicholson, Gavin J. (2003) Climate of fear in organisational settings : construct definition, measurement and a test of theory. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55(1), pp. 24-29.

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Abstract

This paper reports a study that explored a new construct: ‘climate of fear’. We hypothesised that climate of fear would vary across work sites within organisations, but not across organisations. This is in contrast a to measures of organisational culture, which were expected to vary both within and across organisations. To test our hypotheses, we developed a new 13-item measure of perceived fear in organisations and tested it in 20 sites across two organisations (N ≡ 209). Culture variables measured were innovative leadership culture, and communication culture. Results were that climate of fear did vary across sites in both organisations, while differences across organisations were not significant, as we anticipated. Organisational culture, however, varied between the organisations, and within one of the organisations. The climate of fear scale exhibited acceptable psychometric properties

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ID Code: 57788
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/00049530412331312834
ISSN: 0004-9530
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2013 22:44
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2013 22:44

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