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Ch 19: Organizational Culture

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Watch video lessons, and learn about the different aspects of organizational culture. Make use of the brief quizzes that follow each lesson to gauge your progress.

Organizational Culture - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you have ever worked in a business environment of any type, you know that there is a unique environment or culture within that organization. If you have changed jobs, you might have noticed that the organizational culture of each business is unique, but that there are some universal aspects as well. In this chapter, the focus is on organizational culture. You'll get to explore the concept, see what it really means, and the function it serves. Some of the specific things that will be covered in our lessons include:

  • Characteristics of organizational culture
  • Organizational subculture
  • How a culture is maintained
  • Impact of institutionalization
  • Workplace spirituality

VideoObjective
What is Organization Culture? - Definition & Characteristics Get an in-depth look at what organizational culture is.
Functions of Organizational Culture Study the function of organizational culture.
Organizational Subculture: Definition & Examples Discuss how subcultures form in organizations and how they differ from the dominate culture.
Creating and Sustaining Organizational Culture Identify the factors that create and sustain an organization's culture.
Dysfunction in Organizational Culture: Institutionalization & Barriers Explore some of the dysfunctional aspects of organizational culture, such as institutionalization.
Ethical Culture and Positive Culture in Organizations Examine how an ethical and positive culture can be created.
Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Culture Find out more about the trend of embracing workplace spirituality in organizations.

7 Lessons in Chapter 19: Organizational Culture
What is Organizational Culture? - Definition & Characteristics

1. What is Organizational Culture? - Definition & Characteristics

In this lesson, you will learn what organizational culture is and how it dictates behavior in organizations. You'll also explore the seven values that define the culture of an organization.

Functions of Organizational Culture

2. Functions of Organizational Culture

In this lesson, you will learn about the four functions of organizational culture and the impact these functions have on the members of an organization.

Organizational Subculture: Definition & Examples

3. Organizational Subculture: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how subcultures form in organizations and how the values established by subcultures differ from the core values of the dominant culture of the organization.

Creating and Sustaining Organizational Culture

4. Creating and Sustaining Organizational Culture

In this lesson, you will learn how culture is created and sustained in organizations and why it is important for organizations to create and sustain a successful culture in order to succeed in their environment.

Dysfunction in Organizational Culture: Institutionalization & Barriers

5. Dysfunction in Organizational Culture: Institutionalization & Barriers

In this lesson, you will learn how the culture of an organization can become a liability by acting as a barrier to change, a barrier to diversity, or a barrier to a merger or acquisition with another organization.

Ethical Culture and Positive Culture in Organizations

6. Ethical Culture and Positive Culture in Organizations

In this lesson, you will learn how an ethical and positive culture can be created in an organization and why it is important for organizations to establish an ethical and positive culture.

Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Culture

7. Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Culture

In this lesson, you will learn the meaning of workplace spirituality and why there is a growing interest among organizations to establish and maintain a spiritual workplace. Find out how it can enhance the working environment for its members.

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