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What is the nature and substance of organisational culture To what extent can it be changed Culture the acquired knowledge that people use to interpret experience and generate social behaviour Spradley 1979 p 5 provides people with a way of seeing the world It categorizes encodes and otherwise defines the world in which they live Whenever people learn a culture they are to some extent imprisoned without knowing it Anthropologists talk of this as being culture bound--ie living inside a particular reality References to culture have long abounded in professional literature However it is only fairly recently that the literature shows references to culture as a lens through which to interpret and understand organizations their customers and the working relationships therein Lee Clack 1966 Shaughnessy 1988 The cultural analysis of organizations therefore is the use of organizational culture as a lens through which to examine what is going on in an organization Management theory in the 1980s underwent a sea of change in its realization that an understanding of an organizations cultures could be a major step on the road to changing or controlling the direction of that organization There are both positive and negative sides to how an understanding of culture can be used within an organization For instance Edgar Schein 1992 considers the process of creating culture and management to be the essence of leadership while Gideon Kunda 1992 describes a culture which embodies both the implicit and explicit rules and behaviour of a particular group of people and the conscious efforts of management to engineer the culture to its own goals There is a fundamental distinction between those who think of culture as a metaphor Morgan 1986 and those who see culture as an objective entity Gold 1982 Metaphors allow us to understand organisations in terms of other complex entities such as the machine and the organism By observing the similarities scholars attempt to explain the essence of human
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