A Pre-Chapter 8 Primer on Organizational Culture

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A Pre-Chapter 8 Primer on Organizational Culture.
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We can look for at a number of different indicators to offer a holistic view of an organization’s culture, or paradigm.
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Symbols What language and jargon is used? How internal or accessible is it? What aspects of strategy are highlighted in publicity? What status symbols are there? Are there particular symbols which denote the organization?
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Stories What core beliefs do stories reflect? How pervasive are these beliefs? Do stories relate to strengths or weaknesses, success or failures, conformity or mavericks Who are the heroes and villains? What norms do the mavericks deviate from?
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Which routines are emphasized? Which would look odd if changed? What behaviors do routines encourage? What are the key rituals? What core beliefs do they reflect? What do training programs emphasize? How easy are rituals/routines to change?
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Unformatted text preview: Control Systems What is most closely monitored/controlled? Is emphasis on reward or punishment? Are controls related to history or current strategies? Are there many/few controls? Organizational Structures How mechanistic/organic are the structures? How flat/hierarchical are the structures? How formal/informal are the structures? Do structures encourage collaboration or competition? What type of power structures do they support? Power Structures What are the core beliefs of the leadership? How strongly held are these beliefs? How is power distributed in the organization ? Where are the main blockages to change? The Paradigm What is the dominant culture? How easy is this to change? Are there any linking threads through the separate elements of the web? Now, lets try together...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course BUS 315 taught by Professor Powell during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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