Sara Steinberg Précis 4 The essence of organizational life is organizational culture. The theory, constructed by consists of three main assumptions. The first, states that members of organizations create and maintain a shared sense of organizational reality, which results in a better understanding of the values of an organization. These values are the standards and principles in a culture. Each member contributes to the shaping of the culture and ultimately maintains organizational reality. This reality is not only determined by behaviors of the members of the organization, but also by the interpretation and use of symbols, both verbal and nonverbal. These symbols communicate the aforementioned values of an organization. Organizational cultures also vary greatly; the uniqueness of our organizational culture results from several types of communication “performances” which include: ritual, passion, social, political, and enculturation. Ritual performances are specific presentations in the workplace comprised of personal, task, social, and
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