A Generic Theory of Organizational Culture

Southern Management Association Meeting, 2010

6 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2011 Last revised: 7 Apr 2011

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Daniel Dauber

University of Warwick

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade

Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Date Written: October 30, 2010

Abstract

This paper aims at developing a generic model of organizational culture, which (1) connects to recognized properties and processes of organizational theory, (2) reduces complexity, (3) provides a powerful and extensible construct, (4) allows for epistemic distinctions like objects, events, boundaries, processes and environments, and (5) provides structured response to problem situations. We suggest a model that distinguishes between the internal environment (organizational culture, strategy, structure, operations) and external environment (legitimization environment, task environment) of an organization. The presented generic model of organizational culture allows for diagnostic analyses in order to map and create typologies depending on context.

Keywords: Generic Model, Organizational Culture, Strategy, Structure, Operations, Culture Theory, Organization Theory

JEL Classification: M14, M16

Suggested Citation

Dauber, Daniel and Fink, Gerhard and Yolles, Maurice, A Generic Theory of Organizational Culture (October 30, 2010). Southern Management Association Meeting, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1744040

Daniel Dauber (Contact Author)

University of Warwick ( email )

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Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade ( email )

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Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

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