Differences Between Culture And Climate

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1. In your own words, define organizational “culture” versus “climate”. To me, organizational culture is a company’s framework preserved by the employees that outlines what they deem important, what they stand for, and an image that they want to project. Oftentimes, a company’s culture is verbalized by their rules, regulations, mission statement and their company values. The culture is decided by the company and influences how an employee behaves in the organization. Conversely, organizational climate is deemed by the employees. Organizational climate describes what it means to work for your company in particular. When it comes to organizational climate, it is a subjective perception that all employees collectively agree upon describing…show more content…
3. Based on the details case, how would you describe Walmart’s culture? Walmart’s culture can be described as employee-centered with an emphasis on economical productivity. Essentially, Walmart relies on its many employees to further their values and goals of providing the best service to their customers at the lowest prices. 4. Describe the artifacts, values, and assumptions that helped you arrive at your description of Walmart’s culture. An artifact that drew me to the description of economical productivity was the narrative about Sam Walton driving an old pick-up truck and having employees share hotel rooms on company trips. Walton valued his employees and his products, but also he was the type of person who believed in the adage, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. He valued effective change over expensive waste. This lead to the assumption that both the employees and customers were valuable to the success of the company. He was present and engaged with employees of all levels and did not believe in living a lavish lifestyle; he was not “too good” to shop at his own store. All of these facts lead me to describe the culture as employee-centered (when he asked the employees opinions at the Saturday morning meetings and shift meetings) with an emphasis on economical productivity (as in, not overpaying or overproducing to deliver the best to customers). 5. Kay works for Walmart and has come to you for assistance in measuring their climate
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