Assignment 1: Discussion—Culture and Strategy

An organization’s culture can be defined as “the unwritten set of rules and informal policies that direct employer behavior.” This definition is an amalgamation of organizational behaviorists’ thinking with industrial psychologists’ position, and human resource development researchers. Denise Rousseau’s research on the psychological contract probably comes closest to this amalgamation. Think about your own organization’s culture

Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, respond to the following for your organization:


  • What are the cultural norms that govern the organization, and what types of behaviors does the culture promote?
  • What behaviors does the culture punish? Do the specific behaviors you describe help enable the business strategy?
  • Do the behaviors you describe block the strategy?

Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By Friday, September 27, 2013, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Tuesday, October 1, 2013, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Consider the following when you respond to your peers’ posts:


  • Comment on what you found most helpful and the reasons you found them helpful. Provide a citation or resource to each response based on your learning or research.
Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points

Described the cultural norms of the organization and the resultant behaviors. Explained the impact of these behaviors on the organization’s business strategy.

Actively contributed to the discussion by providing points of view with rationale, challenging points of the discussion, or drawing relationships between points of the discussion.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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