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The Corporate Culture Survival Guide: New and Revised Edition by Edgar H. Schein

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WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS AND DIMENSIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE?

The Popular View: Inventories and Typologies

When you think about culture, chances are you identify some aspect of how the people in your organization relate to each other and how they do their jobs—“the way we do things around here.” The most common view is that culture is about human relations in the organization. Culture is often confused with “climate,” how the organization feels, what the employee morale is, how well people are getting along. There is a strong temptation to look for broad categories such as “command and control” or “autocratic versus democratic.” Culture typologies built on these popular views talk about levels of “sociability” and “solidarity” or about ...

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