Brawley: Unifying specific climate research with a molar climate measure: A situational affordances approach

“Unifying specific climate research with a molar climate measure: A situational affordances approach”

A thesis proposal by Alice M. Brawley

Committee: Drs. Cynthia Pury (chair), DeWayne Moore & Fred Switzer

Thursday, March 14th at 8:15am in Brackett 419

Abstract: Organizational climate, once studied as a molar, unified concept (e.g., Forehand & Gilmer, 1964; Schneider & Reichers, 1983) has been decomposed into a variety of expedient veins of specific climate research focusing on specific organizational factors and outcomes (e.g., safety, service, innovation). While specific climate research has been fruitful, more recent literature in the area has called for a return to the molar conceptualization of organizational climate (Kuenzi & Schminke, 2009; Schneider, Ehrhart, & Macey, 2012). In a two-part design, the present study will develop a scale to allow measurement of molar organizational climate based on a taxonomy of situational affordances (Pury et al., 2013), the Situational Affordances at Work Scale (SAWS), and compare the new molar scale to two specific climates, safety and service. Discriminant validity between SAWS and job characteristics (Hackman & Oldham, 1974) will also be examined. SAWS should provide a situational measurement equivalent to the individual difference measurement provided by the Big Five (McCrae & Costa, 1999), and should be a useful tool in myriad studies of situational influence at work.

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