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The development of a measuring instrument for assessing a high performance culture

W Van Heerden, G Roodt
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 1 | a263 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i1.263 | © 2007 W Van Heerden, G Roodt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2007 | Published: 29 October 2007

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W Van Heerden, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
G Roodt, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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The objective of this study was firstly, to develop an integrated theoretical model of a high performance organisational culture and secondly, to develop a measuring instrument based on the said model for assessing such a culture. The questionnaire was administered to a sampling frame of 600 employees of a manufacturing company that employs about 3 500 people. 313 Completed questionnaires (response rate 52%) were returned and used for the analyses. First level factor analyses were conducted on the item inter-correlation matrices of the 12 theoretical dimensions. A second level factor analysis on the sub-score inter-correlation matrix resulted in a single factor being extracted. Iterative item analyses yielded sound metric properties for each dimension and a Cronbach Alpha of 0,947 for the scale. The findings of further analyses are discussed.


High performance culture; Performance excellence; High performance organisation


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