This is a copy of my Power Point presentation on the topic of Organizational Culture Theory and Critical Theory. This lecture was taught at Suffolk University Communication Department on March 22,
This is a copy of my Power Point presentation on the topic of Organizational Culture Theory and Critical Theory. This lecture was taught at Suffolk University Communication Department on March 22, 2011.
Organizations have values, stories, goals, practices and philosophies
What is Organizational Culture? “Culture is not something an organization has; a culture is something an organization is”. Pacanowsky & O’Donnell-Trujillo, 1982, p. 146.
Organizational Culture “I don’t know how it started, either. All I know is that it’s part of our corporate culture.”
Culture Organization Culture = beyond the variety of races, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. Culture is communicatively constructed Culture is distinct to each organization Includes emotional and psychological climate (i.e. morale, attitudes and levels of productivity)
Assumptions of Organizational Culture Theory Members create and maintain a shared sense of organizational reality (shared values) Use and interpretation of symbols (stories, rituals, communication styles) Cultures vary across organizations, and interpretations of actions within these cultures are diverse.
Need for balance between corporate and human interests
Workplaces can be made more productive through communication reforms
Critical Theory Corporate dominance (emphasis on managerial control) in decision making Corporate messages shape reality (meanings and values) Language and communication strategies contribute to corporate climate