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

Ashkanasy, N. M. and Nicholson, G. J. (2003) Climate of fear in organisational settings: Construct definition, measurement and a test of theory. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55 1: 24-29. doi:10.1080/00049530412331312834

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Author Ashkanasy, N. M.
Nicholson, G. J.
Title Climate of fear in organisational settings: Construct definition, measurement and a test of theory
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9536
0004-9530
Publication date 2003-01-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049530412331312834
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 55
Issue 1
Start page 24
End page 29
Total pages 6
Editor W. Noble
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australian Psychology Society Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
380108 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
720403 Management
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.
Keyword Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Hypothesis
Emotions
Innovative Leadership
Culture
Psychometric Properties
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes PDF Preprint version Later published as Climate of fear in organizational settings: Construct definition, measurement, and a test of theory. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55, 24-29.

 
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