Organizational Culture: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs is part of the Sustainable Entrepreneur’s Library of Resources for Organizational Culture. The Handbook provides an introduction to the complex topic of organizational culture and includes a broad array of definitions of organizational culture and a discussion of the significant role that culture plays in the day-to-day operations of the organization. Several commonly recognized elements of organizational culture are defined and described including values and norms and cultural forms (i.e., stories, ceremonies, language, symbols and rituals). Various determinants of organizational culture are discussed including the personal and professional characteristics of organizational members, organizational ethics, property rights, organizational structure, control systems and power structures. The Project’s Research Paper included in the Handbook identifies the dimensions of organizational culture and describes various proposed models or typologies of dimensions of organizational cultures. The Handbook also includes a discussion of how differences in organizational culture between parties to a merger should be identified and managed in ways that will enhance the chances the combination of human resources following the merger will be successful. Also covered are socialization processes; subcultures; managing and reinforcing cultural characteristics; and evaluating and transforming organizational culture.
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