Determinants of culture

Determinants of culture
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Determinants of culture in organizations include several areas: technology, organizational structure, ethical norms, beliefs and attitudes and behaviour of people. Within the system of symbols, corporate culture is a kind of language, identity of the company, dress code for employees, interior design, specific activities or its trademark.

Organizational structure as a determinant of culture

  • human resources
  • training, guidance, mentoring and support
  • external and internal environment
  • type of organizational structure
  • role of leader and management style
  • decision making procedures
  • qualifications of leaders
  • specialization
  • centralization vs decentralization
  • strategy
  • flexibility and adaptation
  • recruitment of people
  • motivational system
  • procedures, regulations
  • supervision, working conditions
  • responsibilities

Ethical norms and beliefs determining organizational culture

  • company's vision and mission statement
  • legal environment
  • value patterns
  • flexibility of beliefs
  • tolerance of differences
  • tolerance of mistakes
  • compliance with the organization's strategy
  • cooperation
  • thought patterns
  • integration and sense of belonging
  • empowerment
  • ethical market competition
  • dress code, language, symbols

Attitudes and behaviours

  • subconscious and automatic reactions to problems
  • techniques used for stimulating behaviour
  • attitudes towards objectives of the company
  • attitudes toward risk taking
  • attitude towards change
  • adopting approved cultural patterns
  • relationship between employees
  • aspirations of individual employees
  • uncertainty avoidance
  • attitudes toward competition
  • awareness of importance and role in organization

Technological determinants of culture

  • information systems
  • open communication system, networking and social media
  • IT technology
  • technological environment
  • core competencies
  • IT skills, knowledge and experience
  • knowledge management
  • creativity
  • innovation and R&D
  • new product and service development
  • quick response to changing customer needs
  • quality management


Author: Krzysztof Wozniak