Copyright © 2002 Jeff Patrick, provided under the Open Access License


























The Multi-Axial Modular Organizational Survey (MAMOS) is provided under the Open Access License which makes it free to use and modify even for commercial purposes, as long as you don’t charge anyone else for the questionnaire itself, or claim it as your own. There are more details in the license itself, so you should read it before you decide to copy and use the MAMOS.

The MAMOS is a questionnaire item bank designed to be used to assess organizations. While the MAMOS can be used to assess particular issues, it was not designed with any particular issue, topic, or theory in mind. Above all, the MAMOS was designed to be flexible, so that it could be easily adapted to meet the different and changing needs of organizations.

Each question in the MAMOS is really a statement that the survey participant rates according to its perceived accuracy. The form of each statement is constructed around three axes – the object, the descriptor, and the target. The latter axis (the target) is optional.

The object is the thing that is being rated – for example, “My Manager is…”;

The descriptor is the adjective used to characterize the object – for example, “understanding”;

The target (if it is used) is the focus of the descriptor – for example, “about my family commitments”.

The format of each statement is the object followed by the descriptor, then optionally followed by the target.

So a statement that uses only two axis might read as: “My manager is understanding.”;

A statement that uses all three axes might read “My manager is understanding about my family commitments.”

A list of 41 objects, 476 descriptors, and 35 optional targets is provided as part of the MAMOS. Not all descriptors will sensibly accommodate a target. The ones that most easily do are marked with an apteryx. Using this format, an enormous number of combinations can be generated – usually far more than most organizations would ever actually need or use.

The choice of descriptors and the general format of each statement is deliberately simple to minimize confusion. All descriptors are intended to be interpreted in a way consistent with their ordinary use in the English language. Further, the list of objects and target should also not be considered as finite. The organization could add any particular object or target that may suit their purposes. In fact the object could be the name of an individual person, and in so doing the MAMOS becomes a mechanism to assess individual performance as easily as it can assess organizational units.

Participants simply rate each statement from 1 to 5 depending on how much they agree or disagree with each statement.

  1.   Strongly disagree

  2.   Disagree

  3.   Neither agree nor disagree

  4.   Agree

  5.   Strongly agree





Last updated on Monday November 27, 2006