Organizational Culture: Rational and Irrational

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Organizational Culture

Christine Mayers
Argosy University


When we look at organizational culture, we are looking at the personality of an organization. Culture is basically comprised of the values, norms, and tangible signs of an organization. Managers and employees of an organization if working long enough with one organization soon sense the particular culture of the organization. Rational and irrational decision making are key when it involves working with different cultures in an organization.

Organizational Culture
Organizational culture is clearly different in organizations. The culture of a large for profit organization would be different from the culture of a government organization or a hospital. When you want to know the culture of an organization, you can look at what they talk about, what are the employees wearing, how is the furniture designed or arranged...similar to how do you feel when you meet someone, what does their personality tell you? Decision making is looking for problems that need attention and attending to them. Now whether those decisions you make are rational or irrational depends on the individual who is making the decision in the organization. The type of organizational world that we live in today has always given us a reservoir for potential problems. “One of the important skills we have to acquire in life, and one that has be in view of our organizations/institutions if they are to operate properly, is the skill of finding and attending to problems (Simon 1993)”. In my opinion, if the problem is important, then managers ought to be thinking of ways to rationally make a meaningful decision to handle the problem. Rational decision making is defined as a process that is followed in a certain order. Behavior is a rational process, and those decisions that lead up to that process are rational, especially if the goals are met from that process. S. P. Robbins talked about the different steps in the...
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