Cultura organizacional e a perceção de autonomia e excesso de trabalho em contexto de Startups

Translated title of the contribution: Organizational culture and the perception of autonomy and work overload in Startups

Manuel Armando dos Santos Dala*, Filipa Sobral, Catarina Morais

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The business context of startups is a subject little explored in the academic literature. However, the characteristics of these organizations raise questions about how certain theoretical concepts, such as organizational culture, are perceived. Organizational culture represents the basis on which the structure of organizations is built, being decisive to define the characteristics of work present in a given context. Based on the theoretical model of competing values, this article explored the perceptions of startup workers regarding the type of organizational culture present in their company and how the different types of culture related to the respondents’ perception of autonomy and overwork. To this end, a questionnaire was applied to a sample of 292 workers from startups. The data were analyzed using multiple regression models and ANOVAs for repeated measures and showed that the entrepreneurial culture is the most salient in the context of startups, significantly different from the other types of culture present in the model. Furthermore, entrepreneurial and team cultures positively predict autonomy at work, while bureaucratic culture negatively predicts autonomy but is not a predictor of overwork. The results point to the importance of promoting more autonomous teams in startups, giving workers more freedom in making decisions about their tasks. More specifically, the results point to the importance of these companies developing and maintaining a type of culture that positively influences the relationship between workers and their work.
Translated title of the contributionOrganizational culture and the perception of autonomy and work overload in Startups
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)8-25
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Control and work demand
  • Competing cultural values
  • Entrepreneurial culture


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