Corporate Culture : The Key To Understanding Work Organisations

Organisational or corporate culture is widely held to refer to a system of
shared meanings held by members that distinguishes the organisation from other
organisations, that is a set of shared key characteristics or values.
The culture that an organisation has will play an important part in its success
in its market sector. Likewise an organisation's continued success will depend
to a large extent on the ability of the leadership of the organisation to
perpetuate that culture.

A large, established organisation in a mature market is likely to have
objectives of moderate growth and the maintenance of its position within the
market. McDonald's is an example of such an organisation. You ...

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highly motivated, possessed a
highly practical imagination and was fanatical about detail. He built up a
multinational company on the strength of his ability to promote free thinking
coupled with the attention to detail that is required to produce a world class
computer within the organisation that he ran.

It is quite clear that if the cultures of these two organisations were
transposed there would be internal chaos and the company's would lose their
positions within their markets. A McDonald's restaurant that started to add
flair to its menu would soon cut in to the company's tightly controlled profit
margins whereas a company with tightly enforced rules and regulations could
never lead the market in innovative technologies.

It is not by chance that these two organisations have such different cultures.
They are each the product of a clearly constructed and executed leadership
policies reinforced by the organisation's founders and subsequently their top
management. The ...

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responsibility for the establishment of
an organisation's culture. In an embryonic company this does not necessarily
have to be done with much thought. In this environment the organisation's
founders generally have a lot to do with the day to day running of the
organisation. The founders or their close associates will interview prospective
employees and the successful candidates will be those who not only have the
appropriate skills but those who also possess values and behaviours that are
similar to those of the interviewer.

As the organisation develops and grows a number of sub-cultures will develop and
it is now more important that the organisation's values are communicated in ...

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