A Metaphor for Organizational Culture

Analyze an organization in which you are an active member (work, school, church, civic group, online community, etc.). Review pages 46

-48 of your textbook for more information on communication practices reflecting organizational culture. Be creative and use a metaphor

to compare the organization’s culture. For example, an organization’s culture could be compared to sharks or whales. The sharks are

very competitive, and the whales are very cooperative. You can apply this metaphor or create your own for your organization. In your

discussion include the following elements:

Use a metaphor to compare the organization’s culture.
Explain how the organizational culture influences decision making.
What unwritten rituals, social practices, specialized vocabulary/jargon, values, or routine practices are exhibited by members or

leaders?
Are any competing viewpoints from subcultures within the organization of the elements described above? If so, explain.
How are new members socialized into the system? What happens if someone violates an unwritten expectation for behavior?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length. Support your ideas with content from the textbook or other credible source. Use

APA style citations to show paraphrased or quoted content that corresponds to an APA style reference.

use the textbook:

Shockley-Zalabak, P. S. (2015). Fundamentals of organizational communication: Knowledge, sensitivity, skills, values
(9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
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