Organizational Culture in Developing Countries

Cross-cultural organizational culture
research—comparing and contrasting organizational cultures in different
countries—is a challenging, and some might argue “dubious”, undertaking and
lags behind the amount of interest that has been shown in measuring and
comparing societal cultures.  Surveys of
studies of organizational cultures in developing countries generally confirm
the predicted positive relationship between societal culture and organizational
culture.  For example, several of the
countries surveyed are large power distance, collectivist societies and
researchers have found that in these countries the typical and expected characteristics
of organizational culture include hierarchical organizational structure,
subordinate submission to authority and directions from the top of the
hierarchy, benevolent autocracy from the founder/owner of the firm and greater
emphasis on relationships than tasks. 
However, societal culture is just one of many possible influences on
organizational culture.  This month's report provides an introduction to the study of organizational culture in developing countries and future posts will discuss characteristics of organizational culture that researchers have found in specific countries.

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