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The Role of Organizations in Organizational Culture

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Do you think that there is a role for organizations to strengthen their organizational culture by defining rules of engagement, preferred leadership style, preferred decision making process or at a deeper level, defining values and norms?

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I believe there are a number of components associated with organizational culture. The organizational culture is often set forth by the employees of the organization and then reinforced through a variety of methods. Watkins (2013) stated, "This is a problem, because without a reasonable definition (or definitions) of culture, we cannot hope to understand its connections to other key elements of the organization, such as structure and incentive systems." Organizations must define who they are, what they are about, and what their organization seeks to represent or ultimately, they lose their sense of being.

Many organizational development theorists argue that organizational culture comes from the top down. The leaders of an organization are said to determine how the organizational culture is run. It is important to remember that organizational cultures possess qualities and characters that are seen and unseen. In ...

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This solution provides information regarding the organization's role in strengthening it's organizational culture, specifically in regards to mission, vision, values, leadership, decision making, etc. In addition to explaining the role of the organization in determining organizational culture, this solution provides current resources (articles and websites) that discuss the importance of organizational cultural development/ improvement.

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Hypothetical

Due to rapid growth of your organization, you hired 25 new employees. Your new staff members were hired based on their education and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform their respective job duties. Six months have passed and you hired an additional 25 employees using the same criteria identified above. Three months later, you begin to notice that the culture of your organization is in bad shape. The new employees are being treated in a disparate manner and there are a plethora of issues surrounding the culture of your organization. Today, May 25, 2007, you overheard two new employees (who happen to be your top performers) discussing plans to look for new employment. The employees mentioned the terrible culture of your organization and stated that it was worse than a prison boot camp. You have noticed socialization problems but due to your busy schedule, you have not been able to address them. Specifically, you have noted the following issues with regard to the socialization process for new employees:

Issues (students should address every issue below. All socialization issues noted below are in Chapter 7)

The original twenty-five employees refuse to allow the newest group of employees share equipment needed to perform job duties.

Formal tactics

Random tactics

Variable tactics

Original employees take lunch at the same time.

Original employees believe they are superior to the new employees

Rites of passage problems between the old and new employees

Stories about the seniority of the older employees

Disjunctive processes occurring

Divestiture issues

Writing Requirements:

Students must incorporate all of the following in the final document:

The culture of your organization
Socialization and Socialization Tactics
Organizational Ethics
Property Rights
Managing Organizational Culture
Social Responsibility
All socialization issues (under the Issues heading above)

Recommended Outline: Begin by discussing your organizational culture and then move forward.

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