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How does an organisation’s culture relate to professional growth?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-30
Number of pages21
JournalAmmattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This study seeks to explore organizational culture and growth-oriented atmosphere as experienced at higher education institutions in Tampere together with the relationship between culture and atmosphere. The Organisational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) and the Growth-Oriented Atmosphere Questionnaire (GOAQ) were administered to a sample of 322 staff members. The results revealed that all four culture types (Hierarchy, Market, Clan and Adhocracy) were experienced in moderation inTampere higher education institutions, while the dominant culture was found to be Clan. The score for a growth-oriented atmosphere was above the average, which means that the atmosphere encourages professional growth. The relationship between culture and growth-oriented atmosphere indicated that only the Clan and Adhocracy culture types support professional growth. That is to say, allowing the staff flexibility, discretion and autonomy implicitly guarantees their professional growth. The study also reported differences in organisational culture based on discipline, job type, gender and educational level. Administrators at higher education institutions could benefit by taking the study findings into account when developing strategic plans and initiatives.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland