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Can Organizational Climate be Managed? Making Emotions Rational

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  • Department of Management
  • Aarhus School of Business


A leader's job is often to attempt achieving organizational alignment. Many theories propose climate

as an effective means to help leaders carry out this task. Nevertheless, our understanding of which

exact actions are needed to manage climate remains somewhat diffuse. We present a new cognitive-

oriented view on climate, which enables us to discuss the influence of climate on managing the bal-

ance between integration and adaptation. In this article, we argue that climate is not as easy to manage

as previously argued. In the short run, climate may serve as an effective emotional inertia to maintain

the system in fit, as long as it is properly perceived and supported by the leadership style. In the longer

run, climate is more influential to change, making it difficult to perceive it properly. This challenge may

lead to transformative changes, causing leaders to have little control.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Leadership Studies
Pages (from-to)62-73
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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