Organizational Climate


On April 9, 2016, Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal vetoed the `religious liberty’ bill after many companies threaten to remove business out of Georgia if passed. The bill entitled an Act to protect religious freedoms: to amend Chapter 3 of Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. It simply details that Georgia businesses will have the right to refuse business from individuals outside of their belief in religious values.  The bill receive a wave of criticism around the United States in which positive and negative opinions reflected.


Georgia’s organizational culture is a snapshot of their organizational climate, which is cause by culture in underlying their beliefs and values (Penn State, 2016). Behavior is driven off beliefs which creates culture and Georgia long conservative belief in religion is strongly bedded in upholding the `religious liberty’. In this week’s reading organizational climate has three primary components per (Ostroff, 1993). Frist affective component, which some residents in Georgia fear that passing of the bill will affect their current beliefs purposing confusing in values. Secondly cognitive/instrumental components that Georgia business owners fear the risk of losing customers in not wanting to sharing facilities with those who beliefs are opposite.


As a leader in this organizational climate Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal was in a tough position in deciding to reject or pass bill. His decision involve following his culture or breaking the ethical climate of Georgia’s organizational climate (Penn State, 2016). From the Loci of Analysis perspective, it seem that the governor judgment in the veto of `religious liberty’ bill was cosmopolitan which considers society as a whole (Penn State, 2016).


Organizational climate has three primary components (Ostroff, 1993):


Affective: Concerns for interpersonal/social relationships in the workplace

Cognitive: Concerns for one’s relationship with the work itself

Instrumental: Concerns for integration of people and tasks for getting the job done






Pennsylvania State University. (2016).  Ethical Climate. [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from


One Comment

  1. Michelle Carolina Salgado April 18, 2016 at 11:11 PM #


    I can only imagine what would have happened if this bill would have passed. Yet I think it might have been easier for the governor to disagree with the bill rather than agree with it. Even though it seems people in that state might have wanted this to happen, it would go against some of the ideals that we have been important to this country. Alhough we have the rights to freedom of religion, the decleration of independence still speaks about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Hence, it allows a person to believe on whatever or whomever they would like; however, it also asks for respect on others, because everyone deserves to have their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. This is the ethical climate that the U.S cultivated for a long time, and it would be extremely hard to change.


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