Organizational culture and climate have been studied within the context of understanding the effectiveness of business and for-pro???t organizations. But these organizational factors have not been seriously considered in the social welfare literature, particularly in the child welfare area, even though Glisson and his colleagues have studied organizational culture and climate. This paper addresses this void through a systematic examination of organizational culture and climate and their effects on employee turnover in child welfare. To do this, it uses mainly the workforce retention study survey data that the New York State Social Work Education Consortium (SWEC) conducted and collected in 2002 and 2003. Organizational culture is classi???ed into achievement / innovation / competence (AIC), cooperation/supportiveness/responsiveness (CSR), and emphasis on rewards (ER), while organizational climate into role clarity (RC), personal accomplishment (PA), emotional exhaustion (EE), and workloads (WL). It employs a logistic regression model (LRM) in analyzing an individual child welfare worker’s intention to leave the current job.

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