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Bad Corporate Culture

Bad Corporate Culture

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Published by: Subhash Soni on Apr 27, 2011
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Corporate CultureCorporate Culture
Organization Culture Defined:Organization Culture Defined:
Set of key behaviors, beliefs and shared understandings that areSet of key behaviors, beliefs and shared understandings that areshared by members of the organization.shared by members of the organization.
Defines basic organizational values and communicates to new membersDefines basic organizational values and communicates to new membersthe correct way to think and act.the correct way to think and act.
Everyone participates in culture, but culture generally goes unnoticed.Everyone participates in culture, but culture generally goes unnoticed.It is only when organizations attempt to implement new strategies orIt is only when organizations attempt to implement new strategies orprograms that go against cultural norms and values that they comeprograms that go against cultural norms and values that they comefaceface--toto--face with culture.face with culture.
Each firm has a distinct culture.Each firm has a distinct culture.
 
Corporate CultureCorporate Culture
Levels and Purpose of Culture:Levels and Purpose of Culture:
Culture exists at two levels:Culture exists at two levels:
 At the surface are visible artifacts and observable behaviors At the surface are visible artifacts and observable behaviors  dress, actions, symbols, stories, and ceremonies that aredress, actions, symbols, stories, and ceremonies that areshared.shared.
 Visible elements reflect deeper values such as underlying Visible elements reflect deeper values such as underlyingassumptions, beliefs, and thought processes or true culture.assumptions, beliefs, and thought processes or true culture.
Critical Functions:Critical Functions:
Integrate members so they know how to relate to oneIntegrate members so they know how to relate to oneanother.another.--Members develop a collective identity and relationships toMembers develop a collective identity and relationships towork together effectively.work together effectively.--Culture guides dayCulture guides day--toto--day working relationships andday working relationships and communication.communication.
Help the firm adapt to the external environment.Help the firm adapt to the external environment.
 
Corporate CultureCorporate Culture
Interpreting Culture:Interpreting Culture:
To interpret organizational culture requires making inferences based onTo interpret organizational culture requires making inferences based onobservable artifacts.observable artifacts.
Typical observable artifacts are:Typical observable artifacts are:
Rites and ceremoniesRites and ceremonies
StoriesStories
SymbolsSymbols
LanguageLanguage

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