Title

Can Values be Trained? Applying Affective Engagement to Change Organizational Culture

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2020

Department

Human Capital Development

School

Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

Abstract

© 2020 International Society for Performance Improvement Sexual assault, sexual harassment, and unprofessional relationships are inconsistent with the U.S. Air Force's vision to foster a culture that promotes dignity and respect. To address this issue, Air Force personnel employed plausible vignettes, storytelling, and classroom debate to create an emotional connection to the sexual assault prevention and reporting lessons. This research measures changes in organizational culture by evaluating trends in student perceptions of organizational tolerance of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and unprofessional relationships. The time-series data show no significant improvement in the experimental groups over the control groups that coincided with the change in curriculum. To the contrary, organizational tolerance of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and unprofessional relationships improved in the control groups over the time period of the study. Revising only the curriculum, as done in this study, did not correspond to a change in the organizational culture within the technical training environment.

Publication Title

Performance Improvement Quarterly

Volume

33

Issue

3

First Page

327

Last Page

347

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