Defining Organizational Culture Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on organizational culture that includes the role of management, the treatment of gender differences and the navigation of the public sector.
# 151134 | 1,686 words | 1 source | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 23, 2012 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Public Administration (General)

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The paper examines the research that demonstrates how organizational culture is impacted by a broad array of factors, including the orientation of management, the accommodation of diversity such as gender differences and the reflection of positive rather than negative aspects of the general culture. The paper also provides a discussion on a negative organizational culture in the context of the public sector to illustrate the correlation between negative organizational culture and a culture of general failure.

From the Paper:

"One of the keys to a positive orientation in the managerial role is the capacity to delegate responsibility and simultaneously establish a consistency in the company. Indeed, this consistency is a key outcome of a positive organizational culture, with roles, goals and procedural norms defined to a degree that reduces confusion, frustration or disagreement. Again, this is something which begins at the managerial level, where, the Shafritz text finds, "the object of division of work is to produce more and better work with the same effort. The worker always on the same part, the manager concerned always with the same matters, acquire an ability, sureness and accuracy which increase their output." (Shafritz, 48) Creating an environment where these conditions are present will contribute significantly to the sense of personnel that they are part of a functional entity that values their respective contributions and uses them to a consistent and organized end.
"Still, it is important to observe in the context of this discussion that the features defining organizational culture extend well beyond the simple importance of conducting responsibilities and defining roles. The human elements of organizational culture are most central, with issues such as diversity, multi-cultural communication and gender differences impacting the makeup of a company and, in turn, the capacity of the company to accommodate and treat with sensitivity all comprising this makeup will be a defining part of organizational culture."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shafritz, J.J.; Ott. S. & Jang, Y.S. (2005) Classics of Organization Theory, 6th Ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
  • Stivers, C. (2002). Gender Images in Public Administration: Legitimacy and the Administrative State, 2nd Ed. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Van Wart, M. (1998) Changing Public Sector Values. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.

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