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Organizational Design and Culture: Learning Organizations

1. What are the benefits of having a strong organizational culture? What are some of the drawbacks?

2. What is a learning organization? Do you think that to be successful an organization should be a learning organization? Why or why not?

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What are the benefits of having a strong organizational culture? What are some of the drawbacks?

Organizational culture is often defined by outcome and process. Outcomes refer to the way groups of people perform tasks. Process refers to the norms, values, and beliefs the group has (Scholl, 2011). Shared norms are one of the basic control mechanisms in cultures. Norms are enforced by social sanctions. Shared values affect organizational culture because the majority of the members will share the same values (Scholl, 2011). Organizational culture serves two major functions: external adaption and internal integration (Jex & Britt, 2008). According to Scholl (2011), there are several benefits to organizational culture including behavior control, it encourages stability, and it provides a source of identity. Behavioral control refers to the behavior of individuals within the group.

Regardless of the group, there is always some type of expectation as to what is acceptable within the group. For example, ...

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The solution provides answers to the questions in the original problem (see above), tackling the topic of organizational culture and the notion of a 'learning organization' in 617 words.

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