Multiple organizational identification levels and the impact of perceived external prestige and communication climate

J. Bartels, Adriaan T.H. Pruyn, Menno D.T. de Jong, Inge Joustra

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sEarlier studies have shown that perceived external prestige and communication climate influence organizational identification. In this paper we present the results of a study of the influence of communication climate and perceived external prestige on organizational identification at various organizational levels of a regional police organization. In total, 314 respondents filled out a questionnaire on communication climate, perceived external prestige and organizational identification. The results of this study show that communication climate has the strongest link with employee identification when it concerns the identification with the daily work group and a weaker one with the organization as a whole. It also appears that perceived external prestige has a stronger influence on the identification with the organization as a whole than on the identification at the more concrete organizational levels (such as department or work group). This research offers reasons to presuppose that organizational identification and communication climate are multiple constructs. If management wishes to influence organizational identification through a bottom-up process, it is wise to pay particular attention to the communication climate in the work groups. Influencing organizational identification with the organization as a whole is better conducted through perceived external prestige.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)173-190
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of organizational behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • METIS-243381
  • IR-57697

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