Assessing knowledge-intensive work environment: General versus situation-specific instruments

Jon Anders Lone, Roald Bjørklund, Thomas Hoff og Cato A. Bjørkli har sammen med Kaja B. Østerud og Line A. Anderssen skrevet en artikkel i European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology


The aim of the present study is to examine to what extent general and situation-specific work environment instruments capture the salient work characteristics in a knowledge-intensive context. We conducted qualitative open-ended interviews with 30 employees (24 men and six women) from a Norwegian university department. The information from the interviews was content-analysed and coded on the scales of five work environment instruments; two general instruments (the General Nordic Questionnaire for Psychological and Social Factors at Work [QPSNordic] and the Job Diagnostic Survey [JDS]) and three situation-specific instruments (Assessing the climate for creativity [KEYS], Situational Outlook Questionnaire [SOQ], and the Organizational Climate Measure [OCM]). The results showed that situation-specific work environment instruments covered significantly more statements about the work environment than the general instruments. More statements could be categorized on the organization and individual levels, compared to group and leadership levels. The situation-specific instruments covered more statements than general instruments at the organization level. These statements were mainly related to the organizational context, social and relational characteristics, and encouragement of creativity and organizational impediments to creativity. The findings support the value of situation-specific instruments for assessing the work environment in knowledge-intensive organizations.

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 2013,DOI:10.1080/1359432X.2012.750449


Published Feb. 19, 2013 3:39 PM