Role of Organizational Culture on Job Satisfaction of Academic Staffs in Public Higher Education Institution of Ethiopia: The Case of Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


The aim of this study was to examine the role of organizational culture on academic staff’s job satisfaction in the case of Debre Birhan University. Descriptive and explanatory research design was used. The target population comprised 854 academic staff employees and 272 samples drawn. The Stratified sampling technique was used. The study used questionnaires as a tool for data collection. Two separate instruments Job Satisfaction Survey and Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument were used to measure job satisfaction and organizational culture respectively. In order to test the reliability of the instrument, the Crobanch alpha test was used. Pearson correlation and multiple linear regression analysis were employed to estimate the causal relationships between organizational culture and job satisfaction. Finally, the responses of the respondents were analyzed using descriptive Statistics, correlation, and regression. The findings of the study showed that hierarchy culture was the dominant culture in the university. The level of job satisfaction of the employees was medium. The effect of each independent variable was statistically significant. Clan, adhocracy, and market cultures had a positive effect and hierarchy culture had a negative effect on job satisfaction. The overall finding of this study suggests that organization culture do play important roles in determining levels of job satisfaction. So, the university leaders should improve the level of employees’ job satisfaction, and retain them through actually practicing an effective type of organizational culture types and creating conducive environment for employees. The study recommends that the organization should be concerned about compatibility of formalized and structured place to work. The organization should revise periodically the rules and policies of organization.


A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Art in Business Administration (MBA)


adhocracy culture and job satisfaction, clan culture, hierarchy culture