Organizational Culture 's Impact On Organizational Effectiveness

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Organizational culture’s impact on organizational effectiveness

Jeff W. Bruns

BA 600 – Organizational Behavior in Practice

Theoretical Application Paper

Dr. James Caldwell To define organizational culture we must first understand what a culture is in relation to an organization. Culture can be defined as the acquisition of knowledge that individuals may use to try to interpret experiences and facilitate a social behavior that is appropriate (Deem, DeLotell & Kelly, 2015). Eaton & Kilby (2015) examines culture as an entity that is always with us, it is all around us. It is created and expanded by our constant interactions with others.
The term culture has been used in relation to every part of any society, however when we relate the understanding of culture to an organizational perspective, it has the ability to evolve. The culture of an organization usually revolves around its leader. The leader (CEO, President, etc.) sets the scene for his/her particular belief for a cultural direction or change. Additionally, the leader can utilize his/her ability to manipulate the direction of the organization to create, manage or even destroy the culture. The leader has the ability to influence organizational culture, however his/her ability is not complete in its influence and there are a multitude of group learning process that also feed into the culture of any organization (Taheri, Monshizadeh & Kordiani, 2015).
Schein (2010) believes that a culture has…
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