Understanding Culture And Values Of Culture Essay

1516 Words Oct 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Understanding Culture & Values Culture is defined as a set of values, norms, guiding beliefs, and understandings shared by organization members with new members as an accurate manner of thinking, feeling, and behaving (Daft, 2016). Though challenging, it is possible for an outsider to discern the cultural values of an organization, accurately, through the analysis of artifacts, such as symbols, ceremonies, dress, etc. The authors Martinez, Beaulieu, Gibbons, Pronovost, and Wang stated, “Culture is trickier to define, as well as to analyze” (2015, p. 331). However, the analysis of artifacts is possible, but difficult to decipher in an accurate manner because the individual does not have all of the relevant information for the artifact. In addition according to Daft (2016, p. 389) using detective work and probably relying on experience as an insider of a similar organization are required to help decipher the culture of other organizations. Observable artifacts are what individuals use to make suggestions in regards to culture identification and interpretation. However, that is only fifty percent of the two levels of existence in organizational cultures. These symbols include the visual artifacts or observable behaviors perceived on the surface area. The underlying values include the visible elements of culture that reflect upon organization members’ value-based thoughts and beliefs. These values include assumptions, beliefs, and thought…

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