Martin’s Takeover of Ukrop’s: A Change in Organizational Culture

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In this paper, the organizational cultures of Ukrops and Martins Grocery Store. The purposes of this paper are to discuss the similarities as well as the differences in culture between the two organizations such as the employee/customer satisfaction, policies, as well as the benefits each company gave their employees. Also in the paper, the reason why Martins felt a need to buy out Ukrops will be discussed. The reason this topic was chosen was because the Martins chain as well as the Ukrops chain had specific characteristics/ symbols that could be used to define each chain. The concepts that the Martins takeover exemplified were prime examples of the topics we discussed in class. In class, we discussed the organizational culture and how it affects an organization. The Martins takeover is an excellent example of the ways organizational culture affects an organization. In this case, the Ukrops dominant culture just couldn’t compete with Martins. Even though Ukrops had an outstanding positive culture, this is one example of how the national culture had a tremendous effect on the local culture within the Ukrops chain. When the Ukrops managers thought about how their organization was being affected globally, they made the conscientious decision to sell to Martins. Because organizations depend heavily on foreign markets, the managers of Ukrops decided that Martins would be a much better fit to the community. Ukrops and Martins are two companies that differ dramatically when it comes to their culture. Ukrops is a company that was founded by Joseph and Jacquelin Ukrop in 1937. When The Ukrops opened the 1st Ukrops location on Hull Street in Richmond, Virginia, they never expected that the Ukrops franchise would even have more than on... ... middle of paper ... ...areddev/sharedcontent/Company/> Kollatz, Harry. "The Original Ukrop's." Richmond Magazine n. pag. Web. 18 Jul 2010. . "Ukrop's likely to become Martin's Food Markets." NBC 12 18 12 2009: n. pag. Web. 18 Jul 2010. . "Martins Landing." Style 16 03 2010: n. pag. Web. 19 Jul 2010. sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F 3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E012F24FAB41494BAEDC4C4231288516>. "Fun Facts From Ukrops." 2010: n. pag. Web. 19 Jul 2010. .

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