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Organizational Culture and Productivity

33 Pages | 6,128 Words
Beth Bertelsen, MBA (#108863)

This e-book on Organizational Culture and Productivity offers practical information about social factors in the workplace that can impact individual motivation as well as teamwork and the achievement of corporate goals. You will learn how to harness the power of the existing culture and use it to achieve positive goals for your organization.

In addition, this book describes how workplace rituals and company heroes can improve employee engagement and commitment to the organization. Employee alignment with corporate goals and employee commitment to the organizational objectives create a positive environment and better overall productivity.

Organizational Culture and Productivity also provides tips on how to evaluate the culture and climate of your organization so that you have an accurate measure of how your employees are feeling, and how to subsequently improve your company's culture and climate to foster improved productivity and achievement of corporate goals.

Finally, Organizational Culture and Productivity covers the topic of organizational change, and how to manage organizational culture and climate in the face of corporate changes such as mergers, acquisitions, and economic issues, among others.

This book is designed for professionals and students in the areas of management, human resources, organizational psychology, and anyone interested in the socio-cultural aspects of organizations and how that affects productivity.

An Introduction to Organizational Culture and Productivity

Organizations are social environments in which many different kinds of people perform various functions and communicate various things, all in an effort to achieve a common objective. Organizations, like people, are distinct from one from another and have their own personalities. They have their traditions, culture, values, and ways of acting and behaving that set them apart from the rest.

What do you think of when you think of Wal-Mart or Apple or Coca Cola? Companies are not only known for their products or profit margins, but also for their history, traditions, values, and overall culture. Culture is hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. It is that special something that distinguishes a company from others.

Organizational culture and organizational climate are two key factors in the success or failure of companies. Many successful companies have strong cultures with rich history that have remained relatively unchanged since their beginnings. Climate refers to overall employee satisfaction with a company and relates specifically to workplace factors such as environment and coworker relations. Both climate and culture can have a great impact on productivity.

In the following pages, you will learn about how culture and climate differ and how they relate to organizations, their various components, and how each directly affects corporate productivity. You will learn how to maintain strong corporate culture, how to improve organizational climate, and how to evaluate your culture and climate in order to detect changes before they start to have negative effects on your company. You will learn how to manage organizational change and how to deal with resistance to change. You will learn how to effectively manage your workforce for maximum productivity through a strong corporate culture and positive organizational climate.

About the Author

Beth Bertelsen, MBA

Active since Apr 2011

Beth Bertelsen, MBA, has over twenty years of experience in management within small-to-mid sized organizations, both in the United States and internationally, and specializes in communication. She holds an MBA from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologa in Costa Rica, a Master's degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. She has been teaching for the last 10 years, and came to BrainMass seeking to share her knowledge on a variety of topics, as well as contribute to their growing library of information. Fully bilingual, she consults with businesses and other organizations regarding training and development, document translation, and cultural awareness.

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