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An investigation into current and preferred perceptions of organisational culture at NPDC : a case study

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dc.contributor.author Muneri M en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-26T06:59:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-26T06:59:49Z
dc.date.submitted 2000 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/179837
dc.description.abstract The interests on organisational culture have attracted the interest worldwide of many writers in their quest to find out what culture is all about. To date many authors are still in search for a key toward better understanding of culture and its impact to all aspects of the organisation. Culture is about people and is shaped around people. Many definitions of the concept were applied and these helped further create a better understanding of corporate culture as a concept. This investigation was undertaken in order to have a better understanding of organisational cultures, how culture works, the importance of culture to the life of the organisation and at the same time to also establish cultural differences and cultural preferences. The investigation has been conducted within the Northern Province Development Corporation Limited (NPDC), a parastatal in the Northern Province of the Republic of South Africa. A profile of the NPDC is found in Chapter One of this report. The investigation was based on the opinions of staff within the NPDC with particular focus on humanistic values, leadership, shared values, beliefs, norms and practices as well as on the perceptions of employees and the knowledge about the organisation and was grounded on Trompenaars theoretical framework of organizational culture. The population sample that participated in the survey comprised of management and employees of the NPDC at all levels. The probability sampling method was used; the size of the sample was limited to twenty five (25) participants representing fifteen percent ( 15%) of the study population. The results of the survey confirmed that the organisation has different cultures and that among those cultures there is a current dominant culture as well as preferred dominant culture. The results based on the perceptions of respondents showed that culture was made by people and it involves people and hence the themes were humanistic values, leadership and shared values. The dominant cultures, current as well as the preferred were family orientation culture. The investigation concluded that organisational culture is an important competitive factor in the life of an organisation. Organisational culture that is characterised by values that are shared by most people in the organisation, which could also be aligned to the strategic objectives of an organisation, has a potential to competitive advantage, that can lift the organisation to a superior position where its competitiveness is improved. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Business administration / Business leadership en
dc.subject Business management and policy en
dc.title An investigation into current and preferred perceptions of organisational culture at NPDC : a case study en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MBA en

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