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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 16 Organizational Culture Theory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 3/22/10 What is an Organization? Characteristics: Goal-directed behavior Coordinated actions Information sharing Decision making Human relationships What is Culture? Webs of significance (Geertz) Essence of an organization (P&O-T) Composed of shared symbols that have unique meanings Created through communication What to look for: stories, rituals, rites of passage Views of Organizational Culture Prescriptive: Something an organization HAS Culture as tool of managerial control Culture as shared Concerned with effectiveness Descriptive: Something an organization IS Culture as co-created by all org. members Multiple subcultures Concerned with sense- making / understanding Assumptions of Cultural Approach 1. Organizational members create and maintain shared sense of organizational...
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Comm 200 LN 0322_handout - Chapter 16 Organizational...

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