Organizational Culture in today’s environment of hybrid work, distributed teams, and changing work dynamics has proven imperative to establish the foundational underpinnings of the enterprise. The definition of organizational culture is accepted as referring to the shared meanings, beliefs, and understandings held by a particular group or organization about its problems, practices, and goals.
Best Practice Implementation Considerations
The concept of organizational culture is often misunderstood and confused with the related concepts of climate, ideology, and style. Culture can be defined in terms of:
- Overt organizational behavior
- Organizational ideology and philosophy
- Group and organizational norms
- Espoused organizational values
- Policies, procedures, and rules of socialization
Best Practice Summary
Organizational cultures evolve from the social practices of members of organizations and are, therefore, socially created realities that exist in the heads and minds of organizational members as well as in the formal rules, policies, and procedures of organizational structures. Culture is an ongoing process of reality construction, providing a pattern of understanding that helps members of organizations to interpret events and to give meaning to their working worlds. It is imperative for organizational leaders to model, frame and reinforce the supporting behaviors. This can be most effectively accomplished by designing in the cultural norms, “be” the culture.
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