A Climate of Success

1st Edition

Authors: Roderic Gray
Paperback ISBN: 9780750683685
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th April 2007
Page Count: 256


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Could your organization be a better place to work? What effect would that have on the quality and quantity of what gets done?

This book examines the concept of organizational climate ('what it feels like to work here') in a readable and accessible way without sacrificing academic rigour. Using case studies to illustrate the causes and consequences of various climate factors, it makes practical suggestions for how improvements can be made - to everyone's benefit.

Building on current research, this book shows how perceptions of climate arise, the effects they can have on performance, and how managers can influence these perceptions and apply their understanding to improve their own and their people's effectiveness.

Key Features

  • Accessible yet rigorous examination of the concept of organizational climate
  • Practical case studies illustrate the causes and consequences of various climate factors
  • Includes 'how to' suggestions for improvements, providing the reader with a cost-effective way of conducting their own assessments


Managers at all levels HR managers Business students (CMS, DMS, MBA, HR qualifications) and academics Management consultants and advisers

Table of Contents

Outline of context and content; How the book will help in practical management (ch. 1); Background to the concept of organizational climate; Research to date; Relevant psychosocial constructs (ch. 2); Performance management issues as related to organizational climate; Other performance influences which must be separated to avoid confusion (ch. 3); Assessing organizational climate; The eight factors identified as contributing to climate perception; Inter-relatedness of factors (ch. 4); Case studies illustrating each of the eight contributing factors and its influence on performance: free expression of ideas, free expression of concerns, freedom to question, participation in defining goals and objectives, intrinsic satisfactions, innovation, environmental threat, purposive threat; each with a summary of lessons learned (chs. 5-12); Conclusion and summary (ch. 13).


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About the Author

Roderic Gray

Dr Roderic Gray is a consultant, writer and management coach. His career involved a variety of practical, hands-on management roles before becoming an internal consultant in a major blue-chip company and running his own consulting practice, Kumpania Consulting. He has lectured on a range of postgraduate management and HR professional courses and published a number of articles on organizational climate, project management and product development topics. His book 'How People Work' was published by Pearson (FT Prentice Hall) in 2004.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dr Roderic Gray is Principal of Kumpania Consulting. He is an experienced management coach, lecturer, researcher and consultant in change management, project management, team working and organizational development.


"Too often the terms 'culture' and 'climate' are used interchangeably. This book makes the distinctions clear and demonstrates through academic study and practical case studies that improving the climate of an organisation will increase its success." Helen Sweeney, Head of HR, Co-operative Financial Services