Accession Number:

ADA141412

Title:

Cultural Organization: Fragments of a Theory,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ALFRED P SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

Although organizations are often said to have cultures, it is perhaps more accurate to conceive of organizations as collections of subcultures. This paper first proposes an abstract model of organizational subculture defined in terms of structural constraints of time and space, an interactional matrix, collective understandings, a transformation of socially shared into individually held knowledge and belief. The model is given particularistic substance by drawing on data from a number of organizations and occupations. Finally, social mechanisms likely to spawn organizational subcultures are outlined. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE