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Introduction to Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture sits in the background of an organization: Collective patterns of behavior: its habits and rituals. It’s like the organization’s personality.

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The Nature of Organizations
This video is part of course module number 6.1.4
Program 6: Managing within Organizations
Course 1: The Nature of Organizations
Section 4: Organizational Culture

Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Cultural Web: Johnson & Scholes on Where Culture Originates https://youtu.be/i9hVuurBvh4
🎬 Quinn and Cameron: Competing Values Model of Organizational Culture https://youtu.be/eOnCetNa7Zc
🎬 Edgar Schein’s 3 Levels of Organizational Culture https://youtu.be/N37Foo0DOgE
🎬 National Culture within an Organization: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cultural Dimensions https://youtu.be/eygJtngcqMs
🎬 How we Work: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cross-Organization Cultural Dimensions https://youtu.be/U8CZE1LXpv4

A formal definition of Culture from Adrian McLean and Judi Marshall, “Intervening in cultures,” University of Bath Working Paper, 1993.

Culture is…
“the collection of traditions, values, policies, beliefs, and attitudes that constitute a pervasive context for everything we do and think in an organization.” (Mclean, A. Marshall, J. 1993)

We describe organizational culture as strong if the shared values and routines are valued deeply and shared widely.
It has big consequences:
• Staff motivation
• And hence, productivity
• Interactions with third parties (customers, suppliers, partners, competitors, society)
• Influences choices and decision-making
• Creates modes of control, blocking or facilitating certain communication channels
• Shapes public perception of the org

Organizational culture is often a broad reflection of the wider culture within which it sits. But it will usually amplify some aspects of that wider culture – and sometimes subvert or invert them.

‘How we do things around here’ will become the culture. By shifting behaviors, you can shift the way people think and feel about your organization.

Often, there are a few, informal leaders, whose actions have a disproportionate impact on the people around them, and can cause a shift in the culture; for good or for ill.

Organizations do not always have a uniform culture. Different sub-cultures are due to differences in regions, departments, or functions. They reflect problems common to a distinctive subset of organizational members.

The saying (attributed with very little evidence to Peter Drucker) that ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’ suggests that a good strategy can be destroyed by a bad culture.

Think about the cultures within your organization…
1. What is the prevailing culture like within your part of the organization? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. To what extent are you aware of different organizational sub-cultures? How do they differ? (2 MC CPD Points)
3. What positive and negative impacts does your organizational culture have? (2 MC CPD Points)

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– Understanding Organizations https://geni.us/oB774Do
– Images of Organization https://geni.us/hrOemEs
– Inside Organizations: 21 Ideas for Managers https://geni.us/YwwL
– Gods of Management: The Four Cultures of Leadership https://geni.us/bpPeC5

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A Thorough Introduction to Organizational Culture [Compilation]
Introduction to Organizations: A Compilation of our Introductory Videos
What is Globalization?
Kim Cameron: Positive Organizational Scholarship
Charles Handy: Philosopher of Organizations
Edgar Schein: The Master of Organizational Culture
Harold Geneen: Data-driven Charismatic Organization
Chester Barnard: Organizations as Networks of People
Max Weber: The Father of Organizational Theory
How we Work: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cross-Organization Cultural Dimensions
National Culture within an Organization: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cultural Dimensions
Quinn and Cameron: Competing Values Model of Organizational Culture
Edgar Schein’s 3 Levels of Organizational Culture
Cultural Web: Johnson & Scholes on Where Culture Originates
Empowerment: The Organization Giving up its Power
French and Raven: Social Power Bases in Organizations
Power in Organizations: The Power of Governance
Robin Fincham: Three Levels of Organizational Power
Amitai Etzioni: How Organizations Secure Compliance
Organizational Power: What is Power?
Virtual Organizations
Brian Robertson’s Holacracy Organizational Model
The Agile Organization
Adhocracy Organizational Model
Peter Senge’s Learning Organization
The Matrix Organization Model
Charles Handy’s Triple-I Company
Charles Handy’s Federal Organization Model
Charles Handy’s Shamrock Organization
Charles Handy’s Gods of Management
Henry Mintzberg’s 4 plus 2 Organizational Types
Edgar Schein’s Two Organizational Cultures
Why do we need Organizations? Structure vs Agility
The Features of Organizations: What an Organization Needs
Organizations as Processes: Understanding an Organization as a Set of Processes
Organizations as Structures: Understanding an Organization as a Structure
Morgan’s 8 Organizational Metaphors: An Organization is Like a…
What is an Organization? – the Nature of Organizations

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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