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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POWER DISTANCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL SILENCE: A CASE STUDY ON TURKISH EMPLOYEES IN AFGHANISTAN

Abstract

Author(s): Gaye AT?LLA, ?lkay D?R?N

Power distance is the perception level of individuals forming a society whether or not they are equal to each other. Organizational silence behavior on the other hand, which means that employees do not intentionally Express their ideas about organizational issues, is a fact to be considered for organizations that expect high performance and efficiency from the employees. Organizational silence behavior, at the same time, is a threat to organizational development and change. Power distance, one of the cultural dimensions of Hofstede, which is believed to be effective on employees in demonstrating organizational silence behavior, is an issue that has not been so much studied in our country and in general in the literature. It was aimed in this study to reveal the relation ship between power distance and dimensions of organizational silence and to investigate the effect of power distance on the dimensions of organizational silence. The sample of the study consists of 94 employees of Turkish origin working in Afghanistan. Correlation analysis and simple linear regression were applied to the questionnaires filled by employees. According to findings, there is no statistically significant relationship between power distance and dimensions of organizational silence.

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