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Organizational Culture and Leadership, Fourth Edition by Edgar H. Schein

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Chapter 11. DECIPHERING ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES

Organizational culture can be studied in a variety of ways. The method should be determined by the purpose. Just deciphering a culture for curiosity is as vague as just assessing personality or character in an individual. Assessment makes more sense when there is some problem to be illuminated or some specific purpose for which we need information. And, as we will see, how we perform the assessment and what tools we use very much depend on our purpose. If you think about all of the cultural dimensions that have just been reviewed in the past five chapters, you will realize that deciphering a culture to the level of its basic assumptions can be a formidable task.

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