Organizational Culture

What do we mean by "culture"?

Culture refers to the shared beliefs, values and norms of a group. It includes:

Because individuals belong to different groups, they participate in several cultures simultaneously, which may be in conflict. In addition, the culture of an organization can derive key features from the larger culture in which it is embedded. In other words, American organizations may have certain characteristics that are drawn from the larger American culture. Similarly, organizations in certain industries may have a discernable cultural style that derives from the industry.

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