Class 23 Notes - Chapter 17 Organizational Culture...

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Chapter 17 Organizational Culture Management 325 Fall 2007
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Definitions Organizational Culture A common perception held by the organization’s members; a system of shared meaning. Institutionalization When an organization takes on a life of its own, apart from any of its members, becomes valued for itself, and acquires immortality.
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What is Culture? Organization’s relationship to its environment: What business are we in? Who are our major constituencies? Nature of Reality: What are fundamental truths and what are subjective truths: How do we make decisions?
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What is Culture? continued Human Nature: Are humans good, bad: mutable, immutable: proactive, reactive? How ought people interact and be controlled? Effectiveness: When do we know the organization and its components are doing well?
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Elements of Strong Corporate Cultures A widely shared philosophy . This philosophy is not an absurd notion of the future, but a real understanding of what the firm stands for, often embodied in slogans. A concern for individuals . This concern often places individual concerns over rules, policies, procedures and adherence to job duties. A recognition of heroes . Heroes are individuals whose actions illustrate the shared philosophy and concerns of the company. A
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course MGT 325 taught by Professor Roth during the Fall '07 term at Michigan State University.

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Class 23 Notes - Chapter 17 Organizational Culture...

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