Organizational culture of a state university

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Author: Madlangbayan, Kriemhilda M.

Accession Number: 723D

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Copyright Year: 1998

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The dynamics of organizational life is complex and baffling. To study organizations with the aim of improving them is to simplify their framework; and the way to do this is to study their culture through their people because and organization is made up people. People are the most significant species on earth and should be on center stage. Their experiences, hopes, fears, anxieties, beliefs, behaviors, and even their irrationalities deserve attention as these determine their effectiveness as members of an organization. This study aimed to describe the culture of the West Visayas State University as an academic organization. To achieve this, qualitative research called ethnography was used. The key data-gathering instrument was the researcher; and the data were the observations, interviews, and documentary analyses made by the researcher. These data were then analyzed, interpreted from the perspectives of the organization members themselves, and implications to management were drawn. The major cultural themes which emanated from the study were institutionalized rites, rituals, and ceremonies; norms, values and behaviors; working, learning, and social relationships; leadership and management; and meanings of affiliation with the WVSU. The findings of the study raised the issue that: State Universities are government-operated institutions which play a role in the realization of the country's development and progress. To achieve this, there should be harmonious relationships among the people that make them up. Universities are places of enlightenment; and the faculty, staff, and students should enjoy the freedom to search for the truth. Chief executives work with people and must never violate the dignity of people. Following are the implications to management based on the findings: Educational managers should be the paragon of excellence that they profess and should serve as models for those below them. They should remember that the people in an organization are related to one another and are persons to know and be heard and not things to be manipulated. Managers should further bear in mind that organizations cannot change until the people in them change.


Keywords: Organizational culture, academic organizations, state universities

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