Organizational Culture Change: Theory and Practice
This course is coded LM, PR, MN, A.
The importance of organizational culture as a factor that can influence organizational performance either positively or negatively gained renewed attention beginning in the mid-1990's. The success of high-profile firms with "quirky cultures" like Ben & Jerry's, the entrepreneurial cultures of high tech firms that countered the cultures of traditional corporations, a recognition that organizational culture can be a major factor in organizational performance and the related emergency of "high performance organizations," acknowledgment that organizational culture can trump the implementation of organizational strategy, differences in values of workers from different generations, competition among companies to attract the best employees, and the failure of many once-promising mergers and acquisitions all pointed to the importance of understanding and intentionally managing organizational culture.
This course will address many of the major debates about organizational culture, as well as provide students with tools for better assessing and understanding organizational culture and managing culture change. Course material and discussions will consistently address issues related to both theory and practice.