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J Appl Psychol. 1994 Feb;79(1):24-33.

Genetic and environmental influences on perceptions of organizational climate.

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  • 1College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University.


Genetic and environmental influences on perceptions of organizational climate were assessed by using a 4-group twin design. Data were obtained as part of the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging. The Work Environment Scale (WES) was used to evaluate perceptions of organizational climate. A measure of job satisfaction was also used to evaluate the effects of genes and environments on job attitudes. Maximum likelihood estimates of genetic and environmental influence suggested significant genetic effects for Supportive Climate--1 factor resulting from a factor analysis of the WES--but not for a second factor, Time Pressure. Significant environmental effects were found for both Supportive Climate and Time Pressure. Genetic effects were not significant for job satisfaction. The relevance of findings to organizational climate research and personnel selection are discussed.

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