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Culture: A mechanism for controlling uncertainty Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, Professor William Sonnnestuhl
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Culture is: Collective response to managing uncertainty A blue print for living Is a sense making devise Is composed of two elements: Ideology and cultural forms
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Purpose of culture: Culture provides members with a sense of organizational identity and generally a commitment to beliefs and values that are larger than themselves. Culture is a mechanism for adapting organizations to their external environment.
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The substance of culture: Ideology Provides the meaning Ideology is the shared, relatively coherently interrelated sets of emotionally charged beliefs, values, and norms that bind some people together and help them make sense of their world.
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The concrete aspect of culture: Cultural Forms Cultural forms express, communicate, and reinforce the substance Observable entities Symbols and rituals are examples Actions also symbolize (e.g., court hearing)
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