Personal Correlates of Organization Control

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An individual's perception of organizational control has important implications for organizational effectiveness. A preliminary model is presented which relates that perception to his or her (a) level in the organizational hierarchy, (b) feelings about work environment, (c) feelings about supervisor's competence, (d) belief in personal control, (e) feelings of access to the decision-making network, and (f) clarity of role requirements. The model is developed and cross-validated on questionnaire indices elicited from 464 male and female underwriters and managerial personnel in a large insurance company. Hierarchical level and feelings about the environment accounted for the largest amount of explained variance, although significant relationships were found even when controlling for hierarchical level.