Organizational Culture Organizational Behavior Diversity

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July 20, 2010

Organizational Culture is the system of shared actions, values, and beliefs that has developed within an organization and guides the behavior of its members. Organizational Development consists of special applications of knowledge gained from behavioral science to create a comprehensive design to improve organizational effectiveness. Through the collective experiences, the members of an organization solve two important survival issues. The first issue addresses external adaption which deals with reaching goals, how they are to be accomplished, the methods to be used to achieve these goals,
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Some strategy to help strengthen the organization call for managers to modify observable cultures such as shared values, and common assumptions directly. Most organizations contain a variety of subcultures, and a few have countercultures that can become the source of potentially harmful conflicts. The corporate culture will also reflect the values of the larger national culture. The first step management must take is to first recognize an organized culture’s subculture. Subculture’s management are referred to in the OB literature by the term “Management Philosophy.” Management Philosophies link key goal related issues with key collaboration issues and develops guidelines by which the firm will manage its affairs. It is important to have a well developed management philosophy because it links strategy to a more basic understanding of how the firm is to operate. These strategies are; (1) to establish understood boundaries for all members of the firm, (2) to provide a consistent way of approaching new and novel situations, and (3) to help hold individuals together by assuring them of a known path toward success. Managers may and can modify aspects of culture which include; modifying the language, stories, rites, rituals, and sagas. They often will change the lessons to be drawn from the stories told and even encourage people to see the reality they see. Because of top management’s position, senior managers can interpret situations in new ways
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