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ERIC Number: EJ793015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Growing Organizational Culture: The Power of Stories
Greenman, Jim
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n181 p49-54 May-Jun 2008
Organizational culture is the personality of the organization: the beliefs, values, and behavioral norms of an organization. People come and go and a strong organizational culture guides their thinking and behavior while they are there. Good centers, like all good organizations, have cultures that shape how its members think, feel, and behave. Just like the culture people are born into, when they join an established organization they enter a world of shared beliefs and values, language behavioral norms, and attitudes. Culture is a powerful medium, one of the basic organizational dimensions that create and maintain quality (along with the environment; organizational structures, systems, and routines; and human resources). Culture creation is a major part of developing a new center, and acculturation of new staff (as well as parents and children) is a key task in maintaining quality. In this article, the author discusses maintaining and creating organizational culture. He also discusses the use of stories in shaping and growing a culture. He concludes that the key to growing a culture is intentionality. A mission that is constantly referenced, language that is used repetitively until it becomes embedded in the brain, and shared stories that are a prominent part of the center narrative history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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