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Management Culture Orientations Questionnaire

Centre for Corporate Culture

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Test Name:Management Culture Orientations Questionnaire
Author of Original Test: Not stated
Local test distributor / publisher:Centre for Corporate Culture
Date of Current Review:November 2007
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:23 May 2008
Type of Test:Beliefs
Organisational Function
work attitudes
Main Area of Use:Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:Goal – Strong sense of purpose
Company Commitment – Strongly believes in the company/management
Adaptability – Accepts need for change
Control – Strong need to know where one stands and what is going on
Integration – Creates a common purpose for department/teams
Technical – Keeps abreast of technical developments
Efficiency – Strives to get the most out of resources
Action – Has strong need for action
Commercial – Actively aware of the commercial impact of decisions and actions
Achievement – Determined to succeed
Personal Improvement – Rapidly applies new learning
Co-operation – Actively collaborates with others
Social Relations – Socially aware and sensitive towards others
Leadership – Inspires others to do what is right for the organisation
Political – Maintains a high profile/strong political network
Staff Development – Strongly believes in staff potential
Staff Fulfilment – Strives to make work significant/rewarding for staff
Risk – Faces difficult/uncertain situations with courage
Analytical – Rigorously thinks things through
Balanced Outlook – Maintains presence of mind under pressure
Administration Mode:Supervised Group administration
Computerised locally-installed application - supervised/proctored
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of Test:The Management Culture Orientations Questionnaire (MCOQ) forms part of the Culturemetrics Assessment System (CAS), which is largely a computer based system designed to assess an individual’s work mind-set via their core work attitudes and beliefs. The MCOQ focuses on work attitudes at managerial levels and the authors report that their intention was to produce a practical culture diagnostic tool to aid managers to make decisions at team and organisational levels. It has primarily been used as a tool for personal development, team and leadership development and organisational interventions. It was developed following the analysis of repertory grids (used to identify the factors important for superior management performance) derived from a variety of people working in a wide range of enterprises. It measures 20 work orientations via a ‘semi-ipsative’ format with each factor assessed 16 times. The questionnaire can be administered both by computer and pencil and paper, scoring is by computer . Examples of work orientation measured include: • Goal – Strong sense of purpose • Company Commitment – believes in the company • Achievement – Determined to succeed • Social Relations – Socially aware and sensitive towards others • Leadership – Inspires others to do what is right for the organisation The 20 work orientations are further grouped into 9 combined culture orientations (e.g. Direction, Staff Capacity and Results Driven). The reports generated combine a Sten score profile with a description of what each scale score means in terms of the orientation that a High/Average/Low score may imply, together with the culture or management role the person is likely to be most suited to. There is also a facility for producing a Target Profile against which an individual’s profile may be matched. The Target Profile is pre-determined by selecting a subset of work orientations considered important and the range within which the individual score should fall.

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