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10 Introduction Each organisation has its own way of doing what it does and its own way of talking about what it is doing its own culture Culture can be described as the assumptions values behaviors and artifacts that an organisation exhibits It is what makes one organisation different from another from the employees who work there the rites and rituals of daily work the practices and procedures to the layout of the building and offices While we may describe an organisation by referring to its formal structure it tells us little about what it feels like to work in such organisations Such formal descriptions of organisations rarely capture the essence of life in the company what it feels like to be part of a large or small firm what the other employees are like whether you are expected to treat the boss with some deference or whether a more egalitarian relationship is preferredWilson D C Rosenfeld R H 1990 All of these aspects describe aspects of organisational culture Organisational culture is often intangible but one can describe its manifestations and its effects upon the member of an organisation Organisational culture is an emerging and dynamic mixture As culture is made of so many different components it can be complex and difficult to describe It changes over time as people come and go within a business and is created through employees actions decisions and communication with each other It is important to understand how the organisation culture affects daily activities and business operations of the organisation This report explains the concept of organisational culture its characteristics and the various perspectives on organisational culture We shall also discuss the extent to which an organisational culture can be changed or managed 20 The concept of Organisational Culture 21 The main concept With the rapid rise of Japan and other East Asian economies Western Social Scientists
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