What is corporate culture?

Every company, whether publicized or not, has a set of values that are shared by the stakeholders (employees) within it. These values define how things are done in the that organization from methods of communication to processes and policies the corporate culture defines the normal behavior within that organization. Many organizations utilize a mission statement to define its cultural philosophies.

Corporate culture often influences change within an organization from decision making, efficiency and effectiveness. For many senior managers trying to instill or change the corporate culture is an important step in shaping an organization and often forms part of the organizations strategy.

Corporate culture is usually passed between (and reinforced with) employees through a variety of methods from formal methods including corporate communications and training to informal methods such as socialization.

For more an example of coporate culture check out Google Inc’s article on it’s own culture : http://www.google.com/corporate/culture.html

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