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The SOQ is an assessment tool that measures the climate for creativity, innovation, and change created by organizations, teams, and leaders. The multi-method measure utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data to yield powerful results.

Over 55 years of extensive research, development, and testing make the Situational Outlook Questionnaire® (SOQ) what it is today. The SOQ is a reliable, valid and useful measure built upon a solid statistical foundation. It is based on the early works of Dr. Göran Ekvall, a world renowned Swedish climate researcher.

The power behind the SOQ is that it is designed to make real, lasting innovation and change happen. The measure has been utilized by over 12,000 individuals, in 100 organizations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies.  The SOQ has been linked to:​

  • Improved job satisfaction

  • Values that promote organizational learning

  • Increased creative productivity

  • Leadership behaviors promoting change

  • Better implementation of new systems

  • Improved understanding of organizational culture

  • Successful transformation efforts

  • Identifying differences in sub-climate (divisions)

  • Efficient use of resources

  • Successful development of new products and services

  • Employee health and well-being

  • Effective reward and recognition programs

  • High performing teams and divisions

  • Improved acceptance and management of diversity

  • Positive work attitudes

  • Decreasing work-related stress

The Situational Outlook Questionnaire® measures 9 Dimensions of Organizational Climate:

Challenge/Involvement

The degree to which people are involved in daily operations, long-term goals, and visions

Freedom

he degree of independence shown by the people in the organization

Trust/Openness

The emotional safety in relationships

Idea-Time

The amount of time people can, and do, use for elaborating new ideas

Playfulness/Humor

The spontaneity and ease displayed within the workplace

Conflict

The presence of personal and emotional tensions (a negative dimension – in contrast to the debate dimension)

Idea-Support

The way new ideas are treated

Debate

The occurrences and disagreement between viewpoints, ideas, experiences, and knowledge

Risk-Taking

The tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity

The SOQ also includes Three Key Questions:

In order to provide a deeper understanding of the working environment, the SOQ also asks three open-ended questions so that participants can provide more specific detail about:

  • What’s most helpful and supportive to their creativity?

  • What’s hindering their creativity?

  • What specific recommendations or concrete actions would improve the climate for creativity and innovation?

To Learn More About using the Situational Outlook Questionnaire® (SOQ) in your organization or to become qualified to use the SOQ 

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