Startup Accelerator 2014: Managment Dynamics - Role Plays & Group Work
Dr Shuchi Sinha
Faculty, Department of Management Studies,
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
‘The culture of a group can now be defined as: A
pattern of shared basic assumptions that the
group learned as it solved its problems of external
adaptation and internal integration, that has
worked well enough to be considered valid and
therefore, to be taught to new members as the
correct way to perceive, think, and feel in relation
to those problems’.
Edgar Schein’s definition
of organisational culture
(e.g. artefacts, ceremonials, courses)
(e.g. relationship to environment,
nature of reality, truth, human
activity and relationships)
Handy (1993) – culture as atmosphere, ways of doing
things, levels of energy, levels of individual freedom
Power culture – single person / group dominates,
centralised decision making, tends to be political
Role culture – work by logic, rationality, rules and
Task culture – marshelling all resources required to
accomplish the task at hand, decision making by project
Person culture – service the needs of participating
members (e.g doctors, barristers etc.)
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