Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Reagan Brown (Director), Dr. Amber Schroeder, Dr. Anthony Paquin

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Organizational cohesion is a multifaceted construct that has been defined and assessed in a multitude of ways. For the purpose of this study, the researcher has defined organizational cohesion as the extent to which employees within an organization feel a sense of unity with one another. Practitioners are often faced with uncertainty regarding the necessary assessment materials when trying to evaluate organizational cohesion. An easily accessible and valid scale had yet to be created to measure organizational cohesion. The Organizational Cohesion Scale (OCS) is an eight-item assessment of an employee’s perception of the cohesion they have experienced with their peers within an organizational setting. The present research attempted to provide construct validity for the OCS. Assessments of the convergent and discriminant validity of the OCS were conducted; although the results did not provide strong evidence for construct validity of the OCS, the confirmatory factor analysis and criterion validity provided support for additional research to be conducted.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology