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Organizational Culture and the Management of Organizational Memory

Organizational Culture and the Management of Organizational Memory
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Author(s): Peter Stoyko (Canada School of Public Service, Canada)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 17
Source title: Building Organizational Memories: Will You Know What You Knew?
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): John P. Girard (Minot State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-540-5.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter describes how organizational culture is both a “vessel” for preserving organizational memory and a force that conditions the way organizational memory is managed by other means. A detailed breakdown of the specific elements of organizational culture is conducted in order to describe this dual relationship. It is argued that the goal of managers should be the creation of a learning-oriented culture while avoiding the politicization of culture. Given that culture can not be manipulated directly, managers need to develop a sophisticated repertoire of leadership skills and a keen sense for sociopsychological dynamics. Specific advice on this count is offered at various points.

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