Organizational Culture

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n Organizational culture is a broad term describing a general condition; it is not a specific thing that comes from one identifiable source. Every company has its own organizational culture, shaped by the attitudes and practices of that particular group of people and circumstances. "Corporate culture is rooted in an organization's goals, strategies, structure, and approaches to labor." The policies regarding chain of command, decision-making procedures, business goals and practices, as well as things like dress code, flexibility in scheduling work hours, provision of benefits like on-site child care or wellness facilities - all these and more impact the organizational culture of a given company. The difference in ethics between people, companies and nations is a great question and one that can be best answered from a sociological and cultural point of view. Many differences emerge in ethics between people, because people are different. They are shaped by different values and customs based on where they
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Unformatted text preview: live and their collective experiences. We can say that each part of the world has a different set of common sense values. So, what is given in one society is not given in another. Let me offer a few examples to illustrate this point.In America what is prized is self-assertiveness and individual accomplishment. Our ethics award this type of behavior. In Asian countries, this type of behavior is seen as boastful in a bad way. What is prized instead is teamwork. To stick out, in this society, is a social taboo. Here is another example. In some societies, it is all about who you know. Relationships close deals. In other societies, it is all about merit.m Or to give another example, in some places in the world gift giving is a fact of life in business. There is no idea that gift giving is tantamount to a bribe, but in America, for instance, gift giving would be seen as a conflict of interest. In conclusion, we all live in social worlds and they are not all the same....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Bahc during the Spring '12 term at Kaplan University.

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