A Study of the Impact of University Values and Culture on Staff and Student Attitudes

By Aspa Sarris.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This study examined perceptions of university values and culture held by the staff, students and graduates of an Australian university. The study also examined the extent to which staff, students, graduates, and employees and non-employees perceived themselves as fitting in to the University’s values and culture. The extent to which perceived fit and person-culture fit on the basis of congruence between individual and organisational values were related to individuals’ attitudes towards the University as a place to study and a place to work was also examined. The results showed that congruence between perceived university values and ideal university values was positively related to individuals’ attitudes, including their perceived fit with the University’s values and culture, and attitudes toward the University as a place for students to study and a place for people to work.

Keywords: Values, University Culture, Culture Fit, Higher Education

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 11, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.246MB).

Dr. Aspa Sarris

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Aspa Sarris is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Australia where she lectures in psychology at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Dr. Sarris has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, conference papers and reports, including in national and international academic journals such as Environment and Behaviour, Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, The Australian Journal of Psychology, and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Organisational Psychology. Her specific areas of research expertise include organisational selection and assessment, organisational culture, factors affecting individual and organisational well-being, and the functioning of work groups and teams in isolated, confined and extreme environments.


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