ERIC Number: ED232545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Culture in the Study of Higher Education. ASHE 1983 Annual Meeting Paper.
Masland, Andrew T.
The concept of organizational culture is defined, and its relevance to higher education is explored, along with possible approaches for uncovering organizational culture on a college campus. The literature on higher education includes examples that apply the concept of organizational culture, or the implicit values, beliefs, and ideologies of organizational members. In higher education, culture affects student life, administration, and curriculum. Indicators of organizational culture that clarify both past and present cultural influences include sagas, heroes, symbols, and rituals. A saga usually describes a unique accomplishment of the organization, while heroes play a central role in an institution's saga because heroes are those who made crucial decisions or who exemplify the proper way to act. A symbol can make tangible an implicit value or belief and it can be recognized by the public as well. Finally, rituals translate culture into action (e.g., an outstanding teaching award ceremony). Three useful techniques to learn about the organizational culture are interview, observation, and document analysis. Studying organizational culture clarifies campus managerial styles and decision processes, which affect members of the organization. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 25-26, 1983).