Organizational Culture Introduction

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Organizational Culture Introduction The world of business is vast and potentially unending, with many dynamics that  influence, change, and mold it.  Organizational culture, “a system of shared meaning held by  members that distinguishes the organization from other organizations” (Robbins; Judge 551) is  one of these dynamics.  Within these cultures, are subcultures; “subsets of organization’s  members who interact regularly with one another, identify themselves as a distinct group within  the organization, share a set of problems, and routinely take action on the basis of collective  understandings unique to the group” (Palthe; Kossek 295).  These are two of the underlying  forces that direct the organization. When you think of organizations with culture, do you think of companies like Google with  their gourmet cafeterias, Southwest Airlines with their customer first approaches, or perhaps  Starbucks and their community involvement?  Culture is beyond what the informed consumer  sees.  Culture is risk taking, innovation, outcome orientation, attention to detail, people  orientation, aggressiveness, team orientation, and stability (Robbins; Judge 552).  These are  some of the influencers of organizational culture but there is much more to it.  By extension,  organizational culture affects an immense amount of business.   It influences the transfer of  knowledge throughout an institution; for the better and worse (Eskerod; Skriver 125).  It  influences a firm’s ability to change, a company’s performance, and their goal creation (Palthe;  Kossek 291-98).  Throughout this paper, you will see many different aspects of organizational  culture and how they affect a variety of companies.
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In order to broaden our perspective on organizational culture and how it affects the world  of business, we interviewed employees at James J. Boyle, Apple Inc., NetApp, and University  Computing and Telecom.  We will be discussing these interviews and what we’ve learned from 
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