Title: Investigating the relationship between demographic elements and faculty professors' perception of silence climate

Authors: Zahra Nikkhah-Farkhani; Mokarrameh Bayat

Addresses: Department of Business Management, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bojnord, Bojnurd, Iran ' Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Sabzevar, Sabzevar, Iran

Abstract: Organisational silence is associated with contextually related interpersonal, cultural, and social deliberative effects on employees' work commitment. Universities, as the veins of educational organisations, deal with some episodic lack of voice scenarios. The main goal of this study is to evaluate the faculty professors' perception of organisational silence. Therefore, we studied the relationship between demographic variables with the silence climate. In this quantitative-descriptive research, 104 professors of the University of Bojnord, Iran, filled out Vakola and Bouradas's (2005) management questionnaire, and the data were analysed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test and ANOVA. The questionnaire was based on three independent variables including head of departments' perspectives, supervisors' perspectives, and communicative opportunities. The results demonstrated that demographic components like gender, type of faculty and managerial status affected the organisational silence in comparison with less effective elements like working experience, age, nature of employment contact, which had an insignificant effect on silence climate.

Keywords: university faculty; communicative opportunities; managers' perspective; silence awareness; supervisors' perspective; silence climate.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2021.10037981

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2021 Vol.12 No.2, pp.93 - 112

Received: 02 Oct 2020
Accepted: 23 Feb 2021

Published online: 01 Sep 2021 *

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