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reading 2 1 culture and organization

Reading 2-1: Culture and Organization

How does culture influence organizational structure?

different schools of thought
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
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
andre laurent s ideas
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
steven s study
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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