Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Organizational Culture

In the last byte, we looked at the emphasis of various organizational structures. In today's byte, we begin our discussion on organizational culture.

Defining organizational culture is a challenging task. Following is one definition of organizational culture that would be useful for our discussion here:
"Organizational Culture refers to the patter of basic assumptions that are considered valid and that are taught to the new members as thee way to perceive think and feel in the organization"
Note here that the definition has a corporate tinge.
If one were to think what were the basic means of communicating an organization, we could identify the following:
  • Artifacts
  •     Personal Enactment
  •     Stories
  •     Rituals
  •     Symbols
  • Values
  • Assumptions
Before we jump into the understanding of these means of communicating organizational culture we should understand the different levels of organizational culture. This is the subject of our next byte.

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