SESSION 15 | ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE; PROs AND CONs
Organizational culture played key roles in two events of the 20th century, separated by 21 years. Watch both videos
"... the mechanism by which intelligence "signals" are sorted from background "noise" are neither uniform, entirely rational or random,
but are instead functions of the culture and identity of the analytic unit"
"... we are assuming governmental behavior can be most satisfactorily understood by analogy with the purposive acts of individuals ...
it obscures the persistently neglected factor of bureaucracy; the 'maker' of government policy is not one calculating decisionmaker
but is rather a conglomerate of large organizations and political actors ..."
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Two classic studies of the role of organizational culture in decision making
This is an article written by one of the fellows I accompanied in France in September 2018.
Read the article while thinking about the impact of organizational culture, in both the French and American armies, in 1918.
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things we'll talk about
using Wohlstetter and Allison as examples, we'll reflect on the benefits and disadvantages of organizational culture
why is an organizational culture necessary?
does it help organizations orient their goals and prioritize?
does it make organizations vulnerable to stagnation?
think of companies and organizations that refused to change their organizational culture and suffered as a result
"La Mer" (English: "The Sea") is a song credited to French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet.
The song was first recorded by the French singer Roland Gerbeau in 1945.
It was not until 1946 that Trenet recorded his own version.
When it was released in 1946, it became an unexpected hit, and has remained a chanson classic and jazz standard ever since.