Cultural Values : Culture And Culture

1429 Words May 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Cultural Values Culture, as described by Daft (2016), “provides people with a sense of organizational identity and generates in them a commitment to beliefs and values that are larger than themselves” (p.387). Because culture is present at different levels, 40% of a company’s cultural values can be ascertained by visible elements. An outsider can speculate as to the basic culture within an organization by observing dress code, organizational structure, practiced rites of passage, and types of control systems in place. Additionally, through shared stories, sayings and symbolic artifacts an outsider could ascertain further clues to the culture, according to Daft (2016). While these visible aspects of organizational culture exist, and can be plainly seen by people outside the organization, they are created by the factors that make up the remaining 60% of the company’s culture that only an insider with a working knowledge can understand. Beneath the visible layer of corporate culture, is another stratum made up of “underlying values, assumptions, beliefs, attitudes and feelings” (Daft, 20116, p. 387). Cian and Cervai (2014), espouse that identifying culture is not limited to the “observation of visible artifacts, but rather should also include the analysis of the interaction between the members of the organization to understand the deeper meaning…” (p. 189). These underlying values are a conglomeration of “openness, collaboration, egalitarianism and teamwork” (Daft,…
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