Note: The Organizational Culture Profile (OCP) was developed by O’Reilly, Chatman, and Caldwell (1991). What is provided here is Cable and Judge’s (1997) revision of that instrument.




O'Reilly, C. A., Chatman, J. A., & Caldwell, D. F. (1991). People and organizational culture: A profile comparison approach to person-organization fit. Academy of Management Journal, 34, 487-516.


Cable, D. M., & Judge, T. A. (1997). Interviewers' perceptions of person-organization fit and organizational selection decisions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 82, 546-581.




Below, you will find 40 characteristics that could be used to describe yourself. Please consider each characteristic according to the question: How characteristic is this attribute of me.


Place each characteristic in an appropriate box, which range from most characteristic to least characteristic. Each box only receives one attribute. For example, only 2 items may be "most characteristic" of you and your ideal organization while 8 items must be "neither characteristic or uncharacteristic." You can write the item number in the box rather than the words. It may be easiest to read through the entire list of characteristics looking for extremes first.  While this sort may appear difficult, it goes quickly if you cross items off as you place them, and it is a critical part of the research.












































































Most Characteristic

Neither Characteristic

Least Characteristic


Nor Uncharacteristic




The characteristics are:


    1.   Adaptability

21.  Decisiveness

    2.   Stability

22.  Being competitive

    3.   Being reflective

23.  Being highly organized

    4.   Being innovative

24.  Achievement orientation

    5.   Being quick to take advantage of opportunities

25.  Having a clear guiding philosophy

    6.   Taking individual responsibility

26.  Being results oriented

    7.   Risk taking

27.  Having high performance expectations

    8.   Opportunities for professional growth

28.  Being aggressive

    9.   Autonomy

29.  High pay for good performance

 10.   Being rule oriented

30.  Security of employment

 11.   Being analytical

31.  Offers praise for good performance

 12.   Paying attention to detail

32.  Being supportive

 13.   Confronting conflict directly

33.  Being calm

 14.   Being team oriented

34.  Developing friends at work

 15.   Sharing information freely

35.  Being socially responsible

 16.   Being people oriented

36.  Enthusiasm for the job

 17.   Fairness

37.  Working long hours

 18.   Not being constrained by many rules

38.  Having a good reputation

 19.   Tolerance

39.  An emphasis on quality

 20.   Informality

40.  Being distinctive / different from others