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Reference no. IRE7-3CS01
Subject category: Entrepreneurship
Published by: Senate Hall Academic Publishing
Published in: "International Review of Entrepreneurship", 2009

Abstract

It has been recognized that corporate culture is of critical importance to organizational success. For some companies, a strong positive culture is a true ''asset''. For others, their corporate culture is a true economic ''liability''. Given its role in organizational success and failure, scholars and practicing managers must understand the nature, functioning, evolution and management of corporate culture, especially in entrepreneurial firms. Although the importance of culture has been recognized, a systematic framework for its management has remained elusive. This article takes steps towards this objective. It addresses several key issues: What is ''corporate culture''? Why is it important? How does culture manifest itself in organisations? What are the different ''types'' of cultures? What are the key aspects of corporate culture? How is it created in entrepreneurial companies? How does culture evolve, ''mutate'' or change? What are some of the special cultural challenges facing entrepreneurial firms? How can corporate culture be managed? This case study has been peer reviewed by the editorial board of the International Review of Entrepreneurship (IRE).

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Abstract

It has been recognized that corporate culture is of critical importance to organizational success. For some companies, a strong positive culture is a true ''asset''. For others, their corporate culture is a true economic ''liability''. Given its role in organizational success and failure, scholars and practicing managers must understand the nature, functioning, evolution and management of corporate culture, especially in entrepreneurial firms. Although the importance of culture has been recognized, a systematic framework for its management has remained elusive. This article takes steps towards this objective. It addresses several key issues: What is ''corporate culture''? Why is it important? How does culture manifest itself in organisations? What are the different ''types'' of cultures? What are the key aspects of corporate culture? How is it created in entrepreneurial companies? How does culture evolve, ''mutate'' or change? What are some of the special cultural challenges facing entrepreneurial firms? How can corporate culture be managed? This case study has been peer reviewed by the editorial board of the International Review of Entrepreneurship (IRE).

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