10566 Organizational Culture 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Sociology & Anthropology or in Management

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Introduction to Sociology or Organizational Behavior. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Author: Aviad Raz

Objectives: To present a perspective for a sociological analysis of values and norms in organizations, including a critical analysis of “organizational culture” as ideology and in practice; To raise specific issues in the field of organizational culture, such as human resource management, overall quality control, cultural shift and change, managing emotion in service organizations, organizational culture in Japan, the US and Israel, gender and organizational culture; To provide experience in combining research methods in order to map and diagnose actual organizational culture. Research methods include text analysis, observations, interviews, and questionnaire development.

Topics: An overview of organizational culture – theories and models, methodology – mapping and diagnosing organizational culture; Issues in organizational culture – organizational culture from a management perspective – effective organization, human resource management, and employee participation; Organizational culture in Japan and the US; Cultural shift and change; Managing emotion; Gender and organizational culture; Organizational culture in Israel.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.