INLS385-002 Spring 2020


Organizational culture is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave in organizations

What makes us want to be part of an outfit?

What makes us feel good about our work? | Dan Ariely

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Why we might need an organizational culture

While there is universal agreement that (1) it exists, and (2) that it plays a crucial role in shaping behavior in organizations, there is little consensus on what organizational culture actually is, never mind how it influences behavior and whether it is something leaders can change.

What Is Organizational Culture? And Why Should We Care? | Michael D. Watkins

One last source of corporate stupidity we came across was company culture. Often, these cultures imprison employees in narrow ways of viewing the world ...

Stupefied How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door | André Spicer

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You don't have to read these unless you wish to, but we might touch upon them in conversation

  1. Schein, E. H. (1985). Organizational culture and leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Chapter 1, Defining organizational culture, 3-15 and Chapter 2, Uncovering the levels of culture, 16-27.
  2. If that does not satisfy you, you might want to also read the #hypertextual blog article on Edgar Schein and what his work means.

Then to take the thought of organizational culture down to one organization and its culture, read

  1. 1100100 and counting
  2. The test of time
  3. Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century

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things we'll talk about

slides for session 13

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something to take away

Buster Voodoo

Rodrigo y Gabriela are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars. The duo's members are Rodrigo Sánchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero, rhythm guitar.

They are originally from Mexico but gained a following after playing their music in the streets and bars of Dublin. Their acoustic style is very interesting because it's influenced by two genres that don't usually go together--flamenco and heavy metal. This duo is also an interesting blend of cultures. They grew up in Mexico City, listening to American rock bands like Metallica, and eventually gained their fame through a European audience.

playing at TED

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