If you've ever asked yourself how something could possibly
have gotten “this bad,” whether you’re looking at a bad hire, team dysfunction or a process problem, exploring
the relationship between organizational culture and the communications and conflict styles that work best in them can help
you solve and even avoid similar problems in the future.
Is This a Good Fit? The Connection Between Organizational Culture and
Communications Style explores this relationship.
Using a case study, this publication first explores the definition and models of organizational culture that have been proposed
in the past. Then, conflict and communications styles are discussed, especially which styles work best in which cultures,
and how these styles impact all aspects of organizational functions. Finally, there is a detailed analysis of the case study,
and tips on how you can apply the concepts and insights to your own organization.
This study was designed for people in human resources, organization development,
organizational consulting, workplace conflict resolution, and employment mediation. In addition, organizational leaders will
especially benefit from the ideas discussed so that they can harness the energy in their organizations and avoid the disagreement
and team dysfunction.
in OD, this information will help you design projects and processes that will fit well and will be successful in your culture.
For those in HR, this information will add another layer of understanding to hiring and evaluating employees. For those in
Conflict Resolution or mediation, understanding organizational culture as the context for conflict adds a dimension that can
help resolve employment disputes and team conflict.
This white paper takes a whole new look at established concepts and synthesizes them in a way to provide a new tool
for organizational understanding