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Reading 2-1: Culture and Organization

How does culture influence organizational structure?


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Different Schools of thought:

Organizational argument: structure is based on company features (size and technology), culture-free

EXAMPLES?

Societal argument: structure is based on culture and society

  • “Structuralists”= structure creates culture

  • “Culturalists”= culture creates structure

    EXAMPLES?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZhbOhEunY&feature=channel

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Hofstede’s Study:

  • When: Started in late 1960’s

  • Who: 116,000 IBM workers

  • Where: 40 different countries

  • Why: Sought to find the impact of cultural differences on management

  • How: Asked management and work environment preferences


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Andre Laurent’s Ideas :

  • differences in structure = different understandings of an organization.

    Views of Organizations:

  • Hierarchical system

  • Political system (France)

  • Role formalization

  • Instrumental- focused on tasks

  • Social- focused on relationships


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Steven’s Study

What: Conflict between 2 department heads in an organization.

  • GERMANS:

  • FRENCH:

  • BRITISH:

Establish procedures and rules.

Refer problems to the next level up.

Send to interpersonal skills training



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