Organizational climate and climate strengths in UK hospitals


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 article considers three theoretical perspectives of climate strength, and extends these to the organizational level. These three roles of climate strength were 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 a curvilinear effect 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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Dawson, Jeremy F.; González-Romá, Vicente; Davis, Ann J. and West, Michael A. (2008). Organizational climate and climate strengths in UK hospitals. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 17 (1), pp. 89-111. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate strength,level of agreement,climate,work group,organization,organizational level,positive relationships,quality and integration,expert ratings,organizational performance,integration climate strength,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1464-0643
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:07
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009 12:55
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Published Date: 2008-03
Authors: Dawson, Jeremy F.
González-Romá, Vicente
Davis, Ann J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9147-2529)
West, Michael A.


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