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    • Organizational Culture
    • Organizational Culture is the totality of beliefs , customs, traditions and values shared by the members of the organization.
      Corporate culture can be looked at as a system.
      It is important to consider culture while managing change in the organization.
      Culture can be both, as input and as output.
    • Innovation and Risk Taking
      Attention to Detail
      Outcome Orientation
      People Orientation
      Team Orientation
      Key Characteristics of Corporate Culture
    • Authoritarian culture
      Participative culture
      Mechanistic culture
      Organic culture
      Sub-cultures and Dominant culture
      Types of Culture
    • Academy culture
      Baseball Team culture
      Club culture
      Fortress culture
      As given by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
    • Talent-attractor
      Engages people
      Creates energy and momentum
      Changes the view of “work”
      Creates greater synergy
      Makes everyone more successful
      Importance of Organizational Culture
    • Product of action, i.e., input.
      Element of future action, i.e., output.
      Culture is the product of socio-technical systems.
      Management strategies, structures, procedures, etc. influence culture.
      Culture can be self-perpetuating and highly resistant to change.
      Culture – Input and Output
    • Adapted from Williams et al, 1989
      The Organization
      External Environment
      • Legislation
      • Politics
      • Technology
      • Education
      • Society
      • Market place
      • Competitors
      • Consumers
      • Economy
      Structure, systems, technology
      Work Environment
      Work tasks, goals and procedures
      Work group behavior
      Manager behavior
      Culture: common beliefs, values and attitudes
      Characteristic patterns of behavior
    • National cultural values are learned early, held deeply and change slowly over the course of generations.
      Organizational culture, on the other hand, is comprised of broad guidelines which are rooted in organizational practices.
      A nation’s culture is similar to that of an organization as it is comprised of the symbols, values, rituals, and traditions of the people living in a particular region.
      Cultures usually differ in relationships between the individual and society, ways of dealing with conflict, relationships to authority, and conceptions of class and gender. All of these things are comparable to organizational culture, just on a grander scale.
      Organizational Culture v/s National Culture
    • Creating and Sustaining Organizational Culture
    • The ultimate source of an organization’s culture is its founders.
      Culture creation occurs in three ways:
      Employees hire and keep employees with same thinking
      They indoctrinate and socialize the employees with the organization’s thinking
      The founder’s behavior acts as a role model for the employees
      With the organizational success, the founder’s personality is embedded in the organizational culture.
      Creating Corporate Culture
    • How Organization Cultures Form
      Robbins, 1989
    • Three forces play a particularly important part in sustaining a culture:
      • Selection practices
      • Actions of top management
      • Socialization methods
      Sustaining Organizational Culture
    • Explicit goal – identifying and hiring individuals having knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the jobs successfully.
      Individuals having values consistent with those of the organization are selected as per the decision maker’s judgements.
      Selection becomes a ‘two-way street’ as it provides information about the organization to the applicants.
    • The actions of top management establishes the norms for the organization as to:
      • Whether risk taking is desirable
      • How much freedom managers should give to their subordinates
      • What actions will pay off in terms of pay rises, promotions and other rewards, etc.
      Top Management
    • New employees are not familiar with the organizational culture and are potentially likely to disturb the existing culture.
      The process through which the employees are proselytized about the customs and traditions of the organization is known as socialization.
      It is the process of adaptation by which new employees are to understand the basic values and norms for becoming ‘accepted’ members of the organization.
    • Socialization is a process made up of three stages:
      Pre-arrival - All the learning occurring before a new member joins.
      Encounter - The new employee sees what the organization is really like and confronts the possibility that expectations and reality may diverge.
      Metamorphosis - The relatively long-lasting changes take place. The new employee masters the skills required for the job, successfully performs the new roles, and makes the adjustments to the work group’s values and norms.
      Socialization Process
    • Socialization Model
    • Stories – Depicting the past events of the organization. Some organizations actually try to manage this element of culture learning.
      Rituals – Repetitive sequential activities reinforcing the values of the organization.
      Material Symbols – Conveying social equality, desired organizational behavior, etc. by the top management.
      Language – Acceptance and preservation of culture.
      How Employees Learn Culture
    • Culture adapts to diverse circumstances.
      Managers need to understand the nature and role of culture.
      Managers must understand the importance of culture for organizational change.
      Corporate culture also impacts the day-to-day decision-making of the organization.