oRGANISATIONAL CULTURE AND MENTORING
The word culture has been is derived from the idea of cultivation which means the pattern
of development. This pattern differs from country to country and society to society.
Organizational culture refers to the common beliefs and values that are present in the
organization which guides the behavior of its members. Organizational behavior is usually
considered to be a soft concept but still it is a very strong and reliable culture. A firmly
established culture can even take as long as 10 to 20 years or even more number of years
to accept changes in the organization. An organizational culture is usually passed on from
the existing employees of the organization to the new recruits of the organizations by
socializing with one another. Organizational culture to a great extend influences the
behavior of the employees in the work place.
WHY WE NEED TO STUDY THE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE:
A strong work culture acts as a driving force for the organizations success. The reasons
why we need to study organizational behavior are as follows:
1) Firstly culture refers to a constant change and development of values , beliefs and
attitudes over a period of time. Organizations have a certain set of values which can be
related to the founders of the organization and organizations prefer to select or employee
such employees who have a similar set of values, beliefs and attitudes.
2) The organizational culture to a great extent is influenced by the external environment
and the interaction between the organization and the external environment. For example
the work culture of an MNC differs to a great extend from the nationalized companies etc.
3) Thirdly the work culture also refers to the nature of the work, the objectives, mission,
vision and the goals of the organization. In order to carry on the job effectively one has to
be aware of the culture of the organizations. For example companies like ABB have a zero