Corporate Culture: What Is It, Why Should I Care?

Dowling, Edward C.
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 4
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2001
Dilbert, management mumbo-jumbo, and human resource buzzwords aside, this paper defines corporate culture and why it is important to understand it. The sum of company experience, both good and bad, defines the way people work together. This integration of experience outlines the expected behaviors, or culture, in an organization. Given the competitive pressures inherent to our industry, the dizzying ongoing industry restructuring, and the recognition that behaviors drive effectiveness, the appreciation of an organization's culture is a prerequisite to meaningful improvement, particularly for those organizations undergoing growth, acquisitions, or mergers.
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