In the last byte, we looked at values for discussion. In today's byte, we look at assumptions.
Assumptions refer to the deeply held beliefs that guide behavior and tell members of an organization how to perceive and think about things.
Assumptions are the deepest and most fundamental level of an organization's culture and form the essence of culture. If fact, this is what gives it the strength! It is alsmost unthinkable to find some one violate these assumptions - this indicates the strength to which the members hold on to these assumptions. Organization members may not be aware of their assumptions, and so may be reluctant or unable to discuss them or change them.
Though unconscious, assumptions often guide a firm's actions and decisions, some companies are quite explicit in their assumptions about employees.