Dysfunction in Organizational Culture: Institutionalization & Barriers


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What is the name of the process that occurs when the culture of an organization becomes so well-established that it is understood by people inside and outside the organization?

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1. Which of the following scenarios depicts a situation in which the culture of a company would be likely to become a barrier to change?

2. Thomas is the CEO of a large sports equipment company that has been in the business for over thirty years. The employees of the company feel like they are all family and consider themselves fortunate to be part of the company's longstanding culture. Thomas is unsure of how well the company will fare as they work to keep up with sudden rapid changes in the sports equipment sector. What three things in this scenario point toward a barrier that Thomas might encounter as he guides the company toward change?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet can help you quickly assess your understanding of dysfunction and how it occurs. Terms you will need to be familiar with in order to pass the quiz include institutionalization and barrier to change.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet combo can help assess your knowledge of:

  • Conditions for barrier to change
  • Gray Electric
  • Terms for barrier to acquisition

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding dysfunction in organizational culture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about barrier to change
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve cultural practice problems

Additional Learning

To learn more about dysfunction, review the accompanying lesson Dysfunction in Organizational Culture: Institutionalization & Barriers. This lesson will help you:

  • Define barrier to change
  • Determine when dysfunction occurs on organizational culture
  • Learn how institutionalization occurs
  • Identify ways culture is a barrier to diversity
  • Differentiate cultural alignment and cultural gap