This book is a practical guide to "reading" the culture of organizations and to understanding the implications of culture for organizational effectiveness. Sharing their experiences from over 25 years of consulting and teaching, the authors make the process of cultural analysis practical and applicable. Beginning with an explanation of the theories of organizational culture, the book provides guidance on collecting information, leading students through qualitative research methods of observation, interviewing, and analyzing written texts. Students come away equipped to apply cultural insights to fostering diversity, supporting organizational change, making leadership more dynamic, understanding the link between ethics and culture, and achieving personal growth.
· Application activities are integrated throughout each chapter: Inviting students to apply the concepts learned, these activities can also be used in class or for assignments.
· Four contexts chapters contain topical cases and examples: These chapters demonstrate the value of cultural analysis as students consider the implications for change, ethics, diversity, and leadership.
· Includes numerous real-life examples: Based on the authors' extensive consulting experience, these examples help students see the material applied in context.
· NEW! Expanded discussion of ethics with related cases, and sections on multicultural organizations, generational diversity, the use of dialogue groups, and intercultural training bring the text thoroughly up to date.
An open-access student study site includes:
- E-Flashcards: This study tool reinforces student understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
- SAGE Journal Articles: A “Learning from SAGE Journal Articles” feature provides access to recent, relevant full-text articles from SAGE’s leading research journals. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter.
- Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.
- Web Quizzes: Flexible self-quizzes allow students to independently assess their progress in learning course material.
- Example Papers: These "executive summary" focused reports and papers provide a fuller discussion of methods and data. Some papers represent the work of an individual student, whereas others are dyad or team based projects.
A password-protected instructor teaching site includes:
- Discussion Questions: Chapter-specific questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material, and by reinforcing important content.
- Essay Questions: Essay questions for every chapter will aid instructors in assessing students’ progress and understanding.