How does the interpretive view differ from other views on organizational
communication that have been presented in the text?
What is Theory Z, and how does it relate to Theory X and Theory Y from previous
What are strong cultures, according to Deal and Kennedy? If strong cultures exist, does
that also mean that weak cultures exist? If so, what would they look like?
What does the practical view offer to the study of organizational culture? Provide an
example that illustrates your point.
What are some of the significant changes and social trends in American history that
helped usher in the study of organizational culture?
How would one carry out an ethnography?
The text outlines several elements of culture. List and define three of them.
What does it mean to say that organizational cultures are "symbolic constructions"?
What does Meyer encourage leaders to do to create a seamless, strong culture that
blends "home" (corporate) culture with the "host" (international) culture?
Choose an organization that you believe has a clear and unique culture. How would a
supporter of the practical view analyze that organization's culture? How would an
interpretive scholar view that same culture? What about a scholar of the critical and
postmodern views? In your answer, be sure to define each of these three views, and
offer detailed examples from the organization that you chose.
Consider how individuals are socialized into their short-term jobs and long-term careers.
Using the two forms of organizational socialization (anticipatory socialization and
organizational assimilation), define socialization, and explain how individuals are
prepared to participate in organizations.