Culture can be defined as who we are as a person. It encompasses everything we like and
everything we do. What we eat, wear, our hobbies, religions, language, music and arts can all be
used to define our culture. There are many factors that shape our culture as well. I believe the
biggest drivers that influence and shape a person's culture are economy, geography, religion, and
education. There are many other drivers but these four alone are enough to influence and shape a
person's cultural identity.
The economy that a person grows up in can affect all the factors of their culture. Parts of
culture such as clothing, music, arts, and material items are directly related to their economic
status. "Economic life materially guarantees cultural life. When economically rich, one can
enhance cultural and sentimental demand and realize it. Without sufficient economic life, one can
hardly enjoy cultural life"(Lisbdnet.com). Geography and religion tie in together because they
both influence culture by how the person lives. Being born and raised on the western side of the
world vs the eastern side, your cultural development will be much different. On a smaller scale,
the same can be said about the area someone is born within their country. Your religion can also
be based off where you are born. Religions have their own morals and beliefs and growing up
religious these morals and beliefs will begin to shape your culture.
Organizational culture is the beliefs and values as well as expectations that is spread and
shared throughout an organization. When managing a culturally diverse work group, there are
many strategies that can be used. Developing a common language, establishing certain barriers,
and team building exercises to help create team cohesion are all great starts. Also making sure
that there is a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination towards anyone. Soccer teams are my
favorite example of a sport organization that is culturally diverse. For example, Liverpool F.C.