Vol. 9 No. 2 (2021): Business & Management Studies: An International Journal

The impact of organisational culture on occupational stress: Comparison of the SME IT sectors in India and the UK

Sree Lekhsmi Sreekumaran Nair
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
John Aston
University of Brunel, London
Eugene Kozlovski
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, London

Published 2021-06-25


  • Örgüt Kültürü, Mesleki Stres, Cinsiyet, Zıt Ekonomiler, BT İşgücü, KOBİ'ler
  • Organisational culture, occupational stress, gender, contrasting economies, IT workforce, SMEs

How to Cite

Nair, S. L. S., Aston, J., & Kozlovski, E. (2021). The impact of organisational culture on occupational stress: Comparison of the SME IT sectors in India and the UK. Business & Management Studies: An International Journal, 9(2), 503-512. https://doi.org/10.15295/bmij.v9i2.1791


The study's main aim is to examine the impact of organisational culture on occupational stress by comparing the IT sectors in India and the UK. The paper adopts the application of Denison’s model for studying the organisational culture, whereas role conflict, role ambiguity, role overload and role stress are considered to discuss occupational stress. Through snowball, convenience, purposive and quota sampling techniques, 62 respondents (31 from India and 31 from the UK) were targeted to attain a qualitative perspective through a semi-structured questionnaire.  Results showed that there is an impact of organisational culture on occupational stress. Moreover, the impact is mainly evident in the Indian IT sector than the UK IT sector. Moreover, considering the impact of organisational culture on occupational stress, overall employees experience occupational stress, role overload, role conflict, role ambiguity and role stress. In contrasting economies, Indian IT sector employee’s experience role conflict, role overload, role ambiguity and role stress, whereas UK IT sector employees’ experience role ambiguity.


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