The Style of an organization is normally seen as the organizational culture. This concept describes the way that employees adopt their own values and principles while thinking or reacting to problems within the firm.
As we may have seen through our lives, every single country has its specific culture. When we move from one country to another we will probably see changes on the way people dress, act, speak, gesticulate etc. Any company should be ready to face these differences and adapt to different cultures whether if they have foreign employees working on the organization or if the company has businesses abroad. For companies that work locally in their specific country, with national employees, it is normally easier to implement the organizational culture since everyone is used to their national culture. However, many companies want to expand to new countries; some entrepreneurs look for businesses abroad; there is the need to interact with foreigners. In these cases it is crucial to have a good understanding about organizational culture in order to have good performances.
To summarize, a good manager should be capable of understanding the values of different national cultures which he probably will have to interact with and also try to align them to his own organizational culture.
To help organizations defining and understanding their organizational culture we suggest:
1st Schein’s Model of Organizational Culture studied by Edgar Schein which explains in detail the 3 different interdependent levels of culture existing in an organization namely: assumptions, values and artifacts.
2nd Hofstede’s 5 Dimensions Model which emphasizes some specific variables that help to understand the national culture of each individual country.
3rd Conclusions taken by The Business Zoom in order to answer the following questions:
· How can we change and strengthen the culture of an organization?
· When shall we consider that the current organizational culture applied on our organization is the most appropriate?