Organizations are not simply groups of people that work together to achieve a common goal but have many distinct underlying concepts and dynamics that move the organization towards the shared goals. Individual organizations can be studied in a myriad of ways. Some of the underlying dynamics of organizations can be seen in an organization's behavior, culture, diversity, and other qualities like the organization's ethics. These can also include communication and the organization's change management.
Starting with “organizational culture” which examines at the overall dynamic in an organization and how it drives day to day activities. Organizational culture can loosely be defined as the shared assumptions, beliefs, and "normal behaviors" of a group. (Toolpack, 2005). Much of the organizational culture stems from the upper-management and filters down to the front-line workers. Upper-management provides the underlying thought from which the organization operates. Is management ethical? Concerned about employees? Do they aim for the best for the organization and it's employees? Or is fulfilling the bottom line enough? Managers and workers down the line take the example of management's answers to those questions and more. If a manager is willing to cut corners it is likely that this example will imitated by others in the organization. Management can also transmit the organization's culture directly by having specialized training. The collective understanding of the organization is formed and the organizational culture is developed.
The way people in the organization work within the organization is termed organizational behavior. It involves the actions of individuals and groups in an organizational context. Individual, interpersonal, and organizational factors determine the behavior and the ultimate value of an organization’s people. (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2005). Good managers attempt to use behavior within the organization to harness the best potential...
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