Monday, February 1, 2010

Organizational Culture

Organizational culture is really important in any organization because it describes “the physiology, attitudes, experiences, beliefs and values of an organization.” Organizational culture is the values and norms that are shared by people within an organization, and is how the organization controls and directs its employees. An example of this concept is when a person signs a contract with an organization and the manager makes the new employee read the terms and conditions of the company as well as the company’s values. This is part of organizational culture because by those terms, conditions, and values the company is making sure that the employee agrees with them and will work for the common goals of the company.
According to Henry J. Schumacher, writer for the Business World online newspaper, “the culture determines the extent to which members of the organization will exert themselves to fulfill tasks; essential when we are all trying to achieve more with less. Culture helps define its members’ attitudes and actions regarding tasks, roles, people, power, and change; how internal problems are resolved and external challenges met.” I agree with Mr. Schumacher because culture is a key in organizations because it will make work easier and more efficient if the organizational culture is understood and practiced.

Schumacher, Henry. “Business Culture.” (2005)

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