Defining Corporate Culture
How Social Scientists Define Culture, Values and Tradeoffs among Them
An effort to move beyond the rhetoric and firmly establish an understanding of corporate culture would greatly contribute to any attempts to describe, measure, or alter culture in a corporate setting. This paper is prepared as part of an ongoing project on “Corporate Cultures: Meaning and Measurement” under the LRN-RAND Center on Corporate Law, Ethics and Governance. While the project will eventually develop a framework through which it is possible to measure corporate culture, the first step was to develop a clear and concise definition of the frequently used and sometimes obscure concept of “culture” in various social science literatures. This literature review was conducted in an effort to clarify and improve understanding of this terminology.
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Early Cultural Theories in the Social Sciences
Modern and Post-Modern Cultural Theories
Organizational Studies and the Notion of Corporate Culture