Culture (Express Exec) by John Middleton

By John Middleton

Speedy tune path to studying tradition and tradition changeCovers the most important parts of tradition, from how tradition evolves and why diversified businesses have assorted cultures to cultural prognosis and enforcing profitable changeExamples and classes from a few of the world's such a lot profitable companies, together with, EDS, Honda and Nissan, and concepts from the neatest thinkers, together with Edgar Schein, Charles convenient, Geert Hofstede and Gareth Morgan.Includes a word list of key techniques and a entire assets advisor

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Asking whether a new practice actively supports the company’s current or desired culture as a matter of course ensures that the organization’s aims and practices are in alignment. The catch is that it does require a level of self-awareness that may be beyond many organizations. METAPHOR AS A LENS FOR UNDERSTANDING CULTURE Gareth Morgan, best-selling author and distinguished research professor at York University in Toronto, argues that the use of metaphor – for example, likening an organization to a machine – can be helpful in revealing aspects of organizational culture.

Advantages: A Person Culture may well be the only acceptable organization to particular groups – such as workers’ co-operatives or where individuals basically work on their own but find some back-up useful. 48 CULTURE » Drawbacks: Individuals with this orientation are very difficult to manage. Being specialists, they are often necessary to the organization but they have little allegiance to the company. » Where you’ll find it: A Person Culture is to be found wherever educated and articulate specialists come together because of common interest – solicitors, academic research, consultants etc.

When we talk from a cultural perspective about companies downsizing, we need to recognize that downsizing can be seen both as a response to and as a catalyst of organizational culture change. Certainly, the key drivers of organizational culture will tend to shape an organization’s approach to downsizing. Why does the company exist? For whose benefit – shareholders, customers, the people that work there? What is the relationship between the organization and the people who work there? And so on. It is a catalyst to the extent that the act of downsizing will often change the way people view the company.

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