PWO wk 9_07 - Wk 9 Organisational culture Learning...

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Wk 9 – Organisational culture Learning objectives Define the concept of organisational culture and explain its relationship to national culture Understand the levels of cultural analysis and the notions of subcultures and cultural diversity Explain the idea of observable aspects of organisational culture and describe stories, rites, rituals and symbols Explain how shared values are central in understanding organisational culture and how they relate to organisation action
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Learning Objectives con’t 1. Explain how common assumptions comprise the deepest level of organisational culture and how they contribute towards that culture 2. Discuss alternative perspectives on organisational culture and the functions of culture for members of an organisation 3. Outline some hints for managing culture 1. Summarise the link between ethics and organisational culture
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Definition Organisational Culture : A system of shared beliefs and values that guides behaviour. Links to National Culture
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Three levels of analysis in studying organisational culture 1. Observable culture (Surface aspects) 1. The way we do things around here 2. Shared values (proud of the uniform) 1. The set of coherent values that link organisational members together 3. Common assumptions (we are progressive) 1. The collection of truths that members share as a result of their joint experiences Refers Figure 9.1, p. 312. Wood et al
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Observable aspects of organisational culture Stories, rites, rituals and symbols founding story saga Rites ( recurring standardised activities ) Rituals ( systems of rites) cultural symbol (layouts – décor- who we are) Cultural rules and roles Read ‘OB in action’, p.316, Wood et al
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