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Building Cultures and Climates for Effective Human ServicesUnderstanding and Improving Organizational Social Contexts with the ARC mode$
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Anthony L. Hemmelgarn and Charles Glisson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190455286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190455286.001.0001

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Understanding and Assessing Organizational Social Context (OSC)

Understanding and Assessing Organizational Social Context (OSC)

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Building Cultures and Climates for Effective Human Services

Anthony L. Hemmelgarn

Charles Glisson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the OSC measurement system. The OSC measure assesses culture, climate, and worker attitudes as the key components of OSC. Including multiple dimensions of culture and climate, the OSC measure provides a personality profile of organizations based on the responses of direct service providers within the work units that are assessed. Empirically derived, the dimensions and resulting measurement profiles allow users to assess the health of their organization’s social context using national norms for behavioral health and social service organizations. The authors explain the use of the OSC measure in their ARC organizational improvement process, and they integrate research and case examples to illustrate how the OSC measure can be applied for organizational assessment and change efforts. These efforts include using social context profiles to identify targets for change, action plans, and objectives to achieve within organizational development efforts.

Keywords:   norms, culture, climate, work attitudes, measurement, OSC, human services effectiveness, measurement profiles

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