John Bosman: November 2009 Archives

Day 1 Presentations

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The one thing that stuck out to me from today's presentations was from the Twins analysis.  I thought it was interesting that the based on the presenters research, he believed that there wasn't really much that the Twins needed to change within their organization, and Dr. Kiel commented that the organization needs to make some major changes internally.  It's nothing against the presenter, it just goes to show that sometimes you really need to dig deep and talk to the right people to be able to completely understand the true state of an organization like that.  On organization like that isn't going to just tell the public they have problems with organizational diversity.

Culture

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-Of the definitions of culture given by Slack & Parent, the one I feel that Sathe's fits best.  It says organizational culture is, "the set of important understandings (often unstated) that members of a community share in common". 
-The manifestations of a sport organization's culture is often studied because it's so difficult to examine the way values, beliefs and accepted patterns of meaning play into the culture.  When looking at how an organization's culture is manifested The manifestations most often studied when it comes to a sport organization's culture are: stories and myths, symbols, language, ceremonies or rites, and physical setting.  Stores are, like the name says, stories about a company that are told to new employees.  Myths on the other hand, are stories which are not factual.  Symbols are "used to convey meaning about a sport organization to its members and to the public at large" (Slack & Parent 277). Examples of symbols include the Nike "swoosh", the Dallas' Star, or the New England "Patriot".  Language is an interesting one to me.  It's an organizations own language or form of "jargon".  But it's not just the way an organization communicates, but it's also a form of bonding amongst members of an organization.  Ceremonies or Rites are things such as rookie initiations, award ceremonies, and other such team functions.  I use the term team loosely as it encompases more than just a sports team, and could include an organizational sales team or a whole organization for that matter.  Physical setting includes three aspects.  Physical structure, "the architect's design and physical placement of furnishings in a building that influence or regulate social interaction" (Davis, 1984, Pg 272).  Physical Stimuli include activities that become rituals, such as coffee breaks or mail delivery.  They tend to occur on a consistent basis and become part of an everyday routine.  Symbolic Artifacts include things such as banners, trophies, and traveling trophies such as Paul Bunyon's Axe or the Little Brown Jug.  
-The difference between a  thick and thin culture is pretty self explainitory.  A thick culture is comprised of a close knit group that agrees on the common goals and values of an organization.  A thin culture is the opposite, one which members don't see eye to eye on the values and/or the types of activities used to build a culture.
-Some organizations have more than one culture.  These are most prevalent in large organizations. It's difficult to have just one culture in large organizations, and having more than one allows the smaller branches to feel more connected and work better together.