What is Culture? (Part 1 of 3)
1. Broad Definition: All things related to the workings of an organization.
2. Aspects of Culture: Values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of an organization.
3. Impact of Culture: Culture impacts all activities (or lack of activities) within an organization and between the organization and other entities.
What is organizational culture? A broad definition of organizational culture includes all things related to the workings of an organization. It includes values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of an organization. The challenge with such a broad definition of culture is that it can make the real impact of culture on the organization very hard to define and measure.
The Sales, Marketing, and Finance functions of organizations can be defined and the activities of those functions measured.
A business can do market research to estimate the level of investment needed to make marketing effective and sales profitable. After an organization invest in marketing and sales they can measure actual numbers that show the impact of the investment in those areas.
Organizational culture on the other hand is not a function. Unlike functional areas of an organization, culture permeates all aspect of an organization. Moreover, the various aspects of culture are interdependent.