Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Bisk College of Business

First Advisor

Theodore Richardson

Second Advisor

Emily Martinez-Vogt

Third Advisor

Theresa Domagalski

Fourth Advisor

Lisa Steelman


The Strategic Organizational Sustainability (SOS) Climate encompasses the employee perceptions of the policies, practices, and procedures that promote long term organizational success in the era of pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges. In order to promote such workplace climate, organizations must be able to measure it. To this end, the SOS Climate scale was developed and validated using first a phenomenological approach in interviews with sustainability professionals working in organizations across economic sectors. After this, scale items were generated and judged, followed by a pilot study. Principal component analysis was conducted for preliminary dimensionality and item reduction. Lastly, confirmatory factor analysis was conducted on a new sample of full-time employees in the US for scale validation. Results and implications of the scale as a business measurement tool are discussed as well as strengths and limitations of the current study. Finally, recommendations for future research are also provided.


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