Organizational Behavior: Corporate Culture

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Corporate Culture The study of Organizational Behavior has included an in-depth look at corporate culture to gain an understanding of the diverse variables, namely people. OB, as defined in the text, is the study of individuals and groups in organizations (Schermerhorn, Hunt & Osborn, 2005, p. 3). This field of study is considered "interdisciplinary" because its focus extends to several disciplines: sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, and political science. Individual performance, organizational culture, motivation, hierarchy, change, and diversity are just a few elements that affect organizational success. Managing people within organizations is central to success. In examining corporate culture, many experts attribute its make-up to various factors. An organization provides the framework in which people can perform and achieve their goals. This framework is provided by the strategies, rules, and norms that an organization adopts. Sometimes these things are written and published by management. Other times an organization is driven by the informal norms and behaviors that are adopted by its employees. Whether they are constructed formally or informally, these parameters define how people behave in organizations. More precisely, they determine how happy and productive workers are in their jobs. Ultimately, employee satisfaction is determined by management's ability to convey the direction of the organization and to fulfill the needs of its employees. When
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