The Collective Behavior within an Organization

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Organizational culture is a way to describe the collective behavior within an organization, the values, norms, language, symbols, status, and beliefs and habits. We can also view organizational behavior as the collection of behaviors within an organization that cause those members to perceive their organization and others. In fact, organizational culture affects the way individuals and groups interact with each other, clients, stakeholders and the public. Because people are so individualistic, it would stand to reason that each organization would have a unique culture, or even group of cultures based on location or department/focus. When dealing with the paradigm of organizational culture versus organizational performance, one is struck with the initial sense of the "chicken versus the egg" argument. Does the culture of the organization drive performance, or the expected need and performance level of the employees drive the culture? Organizational culture is one of the most difficult attributes to change, or sometimes even to manage. The organization consists of founders, employees, physical attributes, stakeholders, and observers of said culture internally and externally. Sometimes this results in a hierarchy in which certain types of employees band together out of job interest, intellectual commonality, etc. and form groups that are part of the same organization but really do a very poor job of understanding one another. Often, this results in misalignment,
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