4-3 Short Paper Organizational Culture

1 Organizational Culture 4-3 Short Paper: Organizational Culture Michael Kemerer Southern New Hampshire University
2 Organizational Culture 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.
3 Organizational Culture have players from all over the world ranging from many different continents. They are heavily reliant on their talent from Africa, South America, the United Kingdom, and Asia, all led by a German head coach. Mixing all these cultures together can be difficult however it ends up being a strength for them. The team has overcome their culture differences and has blended into one big family. Overcoming these barriers such as language has created a cohesion that outperforms even the best teams on the pitch.
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