Friday, June 12, 2009

Organizational Culture and Execellence

I attended a lecture given by Bro. Briccio J. Baynosa, FMS, the OIC-President of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, about how we can achieve excellence through a commendable organizational culture. I got to realize that there is much to change in the culture of NDKC for it to really pursue University status in six years (Bro. Briccio's personal goal). defines organizational culture as pervasive, deep, largely subconscious, and tacit code that gives the 'feel' of an organization and determines what is considered right or wrong, important or unimportant, workable or unworkable in it, and how it responds to the unexpected crises, jolts, and sudden change.

If you want to improve your organization then study the culture of that organization. There's a close relationship between culture and performance and so it implies that whatever culture an organization has will have a significant effect in its performance. It is the culture that yields the dividends although structures and processes are important in maintaining the organization.

Manifestations of Culture

  • Tacit Assumptions
  • Shared Values
  • Behavioral Norms
  • Stories and Ceremonies
  • Visual Manifestations

Culture and Worldview

Culture provides the paradigm that governs our perception and planned way of living. It patterns our perception of reality. A people's worldview is their "basic model of reality."

Worldview Components

  • Cognitive Dimension
  • Emotional Component
  • Motivational Dimension

Five Functions of Worldview

  • Explanation
  • Evaluation
  • Psychological Reinforcement
  • Integration
  • Adaptation

Correlates of Effective Culture tells us what to take into consideration for us to know if our organization is in the right track. The ten correlates of effective culture are as follows:

  • Vertical Team
  • Vision
  • Collegial Relationships
  • Trust and Support
  • Values and Interest
  • Access to Quality Information
  • Broad Participation
  • Life-long Growth
  • Individual Empowerment
  • Continuous and Sustained Innovation

Dimensions of Leadership Forces

  • Technical Leader
  • Human Leader
  • Educational Leader
  • Symbolic Leader
  • Cultural Leader

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