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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 11 Rapid appraisal of organisational cultures: a challenge for field work


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 11 Rapid appraisal of organisational cultures: a challenge for field work Uwe Kievelitz and Rolf-Dieter Reineke Deficits in organisational culture possibilities and limitations exist in this research field. Culture and organisational culture The study of organisations as an object of knowledge from a cultural point of view is not Before we can tackle the question of exploring new, but it has long been neglected. The reason for the sudden awakening of interest in organisational cultures, we need to clarify what is by culture means, otherwise it remains this approach lies partly in studies of the unclear what phenomena are to be studied success of Japanese and especially American (Drumm, 1988; Helmers, 1990). enterprises (see Pascale and Athos, 1982; Peters and Waterman, 1982), and partly in Starting with management research on a reflections about the consequences of the comparative cultural basis, which at least in `changing values' observed in the Western world (Staffelback, 1988; Rosenstiel et al, the USA has a long tradition and investigates the influence of overall societal culture on 1987; Klages, 1984). Although the importance companies in particular, research assumes that of the concept to the development of theories a specific culture ...

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