Analysis of Organizational Culture

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Analysis of Organizational Culture
Dr. Meghan Griffin
MAN 3240 V4: Organizational Behavior
Onja T. Payne
April 03, 2013

Analysis of Organizational Culture
Introduction:
Organizational culture is the foundation of any company. The culture is unique to all companies and is set by the founders of the organization. Organizational culture is defined as “a system of shared meaning held by members that distinguishes the organization from other organizations.” In many instances the stated organizational culture may not coincide with the values that are being enacted by the company. Organizational Culture: Employee of the month (2006)

Employee of the Month was my movie selection. This movie was a good laugh, a light-hearted comedy about the common American workplace displaying the effects and influence of motivation within the context of organizational culture. Zach Bradley is the main character who is a witty fellow drowning in a pool of under-achievement, doing enough to just get by because he has nothing better to do. When a new employee, Amy (Jessica Simpson), hits the scene carrying the reputation for falling for guys who top the list as Employee of the Month, Zach seizes the opportunity to take his performance to whole new level. Zach battles it out with his co-worker nemesis, Vince, who is up for the challenge. The movie is full of pranks and surprises, and does a good job of illustrating the power and effects of motivation. Also, I think the movie gives a good snapshot of the organizational culture of a common American workplace, and how it affects different employees in different ways. I really enjoyed the movie for what it’s worth and was able to get some valuable insights into concepts, such as organization objectives and organization values, and how they interact and affect organizational culture. The Employee of The Month movie has many core values shown in the movie. The values include motivation, competition, story-telling, pride, and selfishness. Of all the values that encompass the motivation the value of community is the one that has been questioned most in recent years. Each organization has a different culture. The culture can help shape how an organization functions and has the potential to set it apart from the competition. There are three levels to culture: observable artifacts, espoused values, and enacted values (Baack, 2012). Each level plays a different part within an organization. Observable artifacts are the outward viewable signs of an organization. Observable artifacts are viewed not only by the employees of the company but also by outsiders.

Shared Values and Shared assumptions
This movie showcased several business concepts with the main concept obviously being motivation in the workplace. It also showed two extreme personalities through Zack and Vince. It was hilarious because I have worked with both types, someone who almost has to work at doing nothing rather than doing their job and a person who really goes overboard. Employee of the Month was a good comedy about how and what employees do in common American workplace and the context of organizational culture. It was funny but it show a serious problem people face in the workplace competition between employees. Movie described that employees get promoted in good and bad ways

Espoused values
Although the movie took a comical approach for their interpretation it had many good points worth noting. One would be that not every employee is going to take the incentive program seriously. This is either because they don’t think they will be able to get the title of employee of the month or they might just not care to be the employee of the month. For the latter there isn’t much that can be done to motivate these employees, but for the employees that care it tends to motivate them to be more productive. Espoused values are aspirational opposed to the actual outcome. The values set forth by the company are to act as a...
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