Organizational culture can be defined as a system of shared beliefs and values that develops within an organization and guides the behavior of its members. It includes routine behaviors, norms, dominant values, and a feeling or climate conveyed. The purpose and function of this culture is to help foster internal integration, bring staff members from all levels of the organization much closer together, and enhance their performance. However, there seems to be a widely held misconception that throughout an organization or within a specific division there is only one uniform culture that exists. This definition does not seem adequate because it fails to recognize that in many organizations there are quite often groups that are unique of the dominant culture. In an attempt to analyze social organizational change, Team D conducted a survey interview on a vast number of anonymous subjects. "Sociology is the systematic study of social behavior and human groups. If focuses primarily on the influence of social relationships on people's attitudes and behavior and on how societies are established and change" (Schaefer, 2003, p.3). In an essence, sociology is the study of humans by humans with the focus on various aspects of human life. It gives humans the ability to explore the world and understand why it exists as it does.
The change in the society could be seen as a form of social evolution or a part of the advancement in the social structure over time. Social change is a major contributing factor in many aspects of human life. It can be a gradual change where society may not noticeable or a drastic change where society is taken by surprise. It can affect everyone in society or just a select few people. A key area of life that is most affected by social change is the workplace. Being able to monitor the effectiveness of social change in the workplace is another issue. One of the best methods of analyzing social change in the workplace is to administer an...
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