Cross Cultural Harmony In Organizational Culture

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Understanding how organizational and national cultures relate, analyzing and identifying cultural similarities and differences, and addressing potential cultural conflict is crucial to the pursuit of cross-cultural harmony within an organizational environment. Cross-cultural harmony is essential to prevent misunderstandings, disagreements, and other types of conflict in the workplace. Organizational culture is highly impacted by national cultures, incompatibilities will not only result in an increased complexity of organizational management, but may also result in actions and behaviors contradictive to the organization’s mission and goals. Organizational culture is what the employees perceive and how this perception creates a pattern of…show more content…
In addition to its flexibility, the clan culture represents a friendly, family-like atmosphere aiding a low stress environment that may contribute to increased productivity. To the contrary, depending on the individual, a more relaxed, friendly environment may also result in complacency and decreased productivity. Imagine that you work for a company that places value on providing superior customer service. After multiple complaints from customers regarding non-conforming products from one of the organization’s vendors, the decision was quickly made to take the vendor off of the approved vendor list. This would be a quick and easy decision because not doing so would decrease customer satisfaction. Additionally, the next day a purchase is requested that would normally be supplied by this vendor. However, because everyone was apprised of the situation, the Operations Director submitted a new vendor request with the other required paperwork to the purchasing department. Had he not been kept informed, operations would not have known the vendor was no longer approved and would have submitted the request as normal. Including a new vendor request eliminated additional work by both operations and the purchasing department. This is just one simple example illustrating how the clan culture facilitates quick decision making and increases…show more content…
6). Norms, values, and institutions are comprised of factors such as acceptable social behavior, cultural beliefs and ideals, or groups that may regulate behavior or activities (i.e., land or wildlife conservation organizations or historical societies). There are many different cultural dimensions that can influence behavior including: People’s relationship to nature, individualism versus collectivism, time orientation, activity orientation, degree of formality, language, and religion (Gibson, Ivancevich, Donnelly, & Konopaske, 2012). The Hofstede model distinguishes four primary cultural dimensions from the rest. According to De Mooij & Hofstede (2010), “The model provides scales from 0 to 100 for 76 countries for each dimension, and each country has a position on each scale or index, relative to other countries” (p.
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