The paper "Understanding Culture in OrganizationsThis report has been drafted in a comprehensive manner to focus on the importance of culture in an organizational context. The organization selected here for an easy and complete understanding of the entire topic is Tesco Plc. Every workplace has its own unique style of organizational culture and research in the past makes clear identification of an organizational success being dependent on how organizational culture is actually expressed in a specific organization. Culture in context to any organization generally decides the manner in which employees communicate and interact within the organization and the same unites the employees to bring them to a common platform.
It has been largely researched that a positive organizational culture improves and enhances an organizational process, employees productivity and overall performance of the organization whereas a dysfunctional culture might destroy values, waste useful resources and create resentment among the employees proving detrimental to the growth and development of organizational effectiveness. The report critically highlights and looks to discuss how culture is expressed in Tesco Plc and how this expression helps or hinders the effectiveness of Tesco Plc.
The report initially explains the meaning of culture in an organizational framework and how the same is expressed on a continuous basis in Tesco Plc and the impact of culture on the organization’ s performance. A clear discussion has been made to highlight how culture helps Tesco Plc to improve upon its effectiveness along with a discussion of how the negative effect of culture sometimes hinders the effectiveness of the organization. A discussion has been made on the various cultural factors which influence the individual behavior along with leadership style to ensure a better understanding of the influence of culture on the effectiveness of organizational performance.
Finally, a conclusion is provided to further ensure that the readers are equipped with both theoretical and practical understanding of the entire topic under study. Understanding Culture in Organization Culture in an organizational framework has been defined in numerous ways of which there is no single definitive definition of organizational culture. Culture in an organization can be understood as a collective programming of the mind which helps in making a distinction of members of one organization from others.
Culture is generally expressed in an organization by way of its own unique visions, values, norms, working system, working system and beliefs. In a nutshell, organizational culture is “ normative glue” which holds the entire organization together (Ralston, Hallinger, Egri & Naothinsuhk, 2005). Culture here acts as an adhesive which glues every member of the organization together. As a result of the same, a good or bad culture has a direct influence on the organization's well-being and success. Organizational culture thus refers to a system of shared meaning which held all members of the organization and helps in distinguishing and differentiating one organization from others to gain the advantage of sustainable competitive development.
The main essence of any organizational culture exhibits seven primary characteristics which are risk-taking and innovation, team orientation, outcome orientation, people-orientation, attention to details, stability and aggressiveness.
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