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Differentiation of organizational climate and culture in public health and social services in Finland

Differenzierung von Organisationsklima und Unternehmenskultur im öffentlichen Gesundheitswesen und den sozialen Diensten in Finnland
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Rostila, Ilmari; Suominen, Tarja; Asikainen, Paula; Green, Philip

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Abstract Aim: The aim of the study was to examine the differentiation of organizational contexts within Finnish public health and social services both at the workplace and at the local governmental (municipality) level. Subject and methods: We focused on climate, comprising individual level experience, and on culture, comprising collective level as "the way things are done in organization". Climate, as "the way people perceive their work environment", was interpreted to reflect personally relevant professional and moral concerns. As an exploration of antecedents of climate and culture, we compared the scale of contextual differences among workplaces with the extent of differences at the municipal level. We also examined by multilevel hierarchical linear models (HLM), the importance of observed differentiation of workplaces in terms of impacts of both climate and culture on employee morale. Results: There existed different organizational climates and cultures within Finnish public human service organizations both at workplace and upper organizational level. Differences in terms of climate were somewhat bigger than differences in culture. Conclusion: Both climate and culture should be highlighted in the effort to specify the characteristics of organizational social contexts, as well as their antecedents and consequences in public human services.
Keywords Finland; job; working atmosphere; attitude; public health care delivery system; social services; working conditions; comparison; municipality; organizations; work satisfaction; psychological stress; organizational culture; private institution; cultural factors; regional factors; assistance
Classification Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations; Health Policy
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Free Keywords Climate; Culture; Public health care; Social services
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 39-47
Journal Journal of Public Health, 19 (2010) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10389-010-0353-7
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)