Organizational Culture – Values and Practices, Evidence from Manufacturing Industry in Northeastern Bulgaria

Title

Organizational Culture – Values and Practices, Evidence from Manufacturing Industry in Northeastern Bulgaria

Author

Miglena PENCHEVA

Classification JEL

D23, D22, L69.

Abstract

Organizational culture is complicated topic to deal with. From one hand it keeps researchers and practitioners busy from a fairly long period of time. However, due to its rich content and broad scope it is still in the focus of the academicals with blank areas for exploration. The study in hand refers to two levels of culture: a) inherent values as a core of the culture; and b) practices which are imposed form the organization. These levels are examined in 3 leader manufacturing organizations, located in Northeastern Bulgaria. The study is derived from few reasons: 1) it investigates features of the subject in the manufacturing organizations. It is agreed that the sector of operation influence organizational culture. 2) The subjects of the study are flagman manufacturer in light industry. Revealing values and practices of the “biggest” would expose “soft” aspects of their operations. 3) That kind of study is conducted for the first time in Bulgaria, according to the best knowledge of the author, thus provides ground for future researches and discussions. 4) The organizations at hand are located in the Northeastern Bulgaria, which is less developed part of the country in terms of infrastructure and investment per capita. It is agreed in the literature that the access to resources is a part of the business environment which influence organizational culture as well. The objective of the paper is to examine dimensions of organizational culture, which corresponds to values and practices. Hofstedes’ five dimensional cross-cultural model (Hofstede 2001) is employed to examine values. Revised profile of organizational culture (Sarros, Gray, Densten& Cooper 2005) is in use to reveal the practices. Subject of the survey are first line managers (n=58), more specifically their perspective of values and common practices of organizational culture. Statistical analysis are performed to obtain common tendencies and to explore correlation.

Keywords

Organizational culture, Hofstedes’ cross – cross cultural model, revised profile of organizational culture, values, and organizational practices.

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