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Running Head: THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE 1 Taylor Platon The Importance of Organizational Culture OLS 38600-015 Second 8-weeks 4/5/16
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THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE 2 Organizational Culture is a very important aspect of life in the workplace. Organizational Culture is a system of shared beliefs, assumptions, and values, which governs how people behave in an organization. An article on Organizational Culture on Strategy+Business’s website discusses the different aspects of Organizational Culture, and why each is significant. Another article from Forbes magazine discusses the trend in companies to have a positive Organizational Culture, and the demand for companies to have one established. Finally, an article from the Harvard Business Review discusses why Organizational Culture affects how well people work. Each of these articles is evidence for why Organizational Culture is relevant and essential for today’s workforce. The first article is titled, “10 Principles of Organizational Culture,” and is written by Jon Katzenbach, Carolin Oelschlegel, and James Thomas (2016). The article suggests that there are “three dimensions” of Organizational Culture. The first are “symbolic reminders (artifacts that are entirely visible)” ( Katzenbach, Oelschlegel, Thomas, 2016). For example, this would be the presence of physical objects which represent the organization’s culture (nap pods or slides in Google’s headquarters, etc.). The second are “keystone behaviors (recurring acts that trigger other behaviors and that are both visible and invisible)” ( Katzenbach, Oelschlegel, Thomas, 2016).
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