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Company Culture – Its Role in an Industrial Society

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 February 1991

Abstract

The concept of company culture is now playing an ever‐increasing role in the continuing endeavour to work towards ever better company management, particularly in the industrial field. This monograph reviews the history and development of both national and company cultures, and then goes on to demonstrate the significance of a culture to proper company management. Well‐managed companies will have both a “quality culture” and a “safety culture” as well as a cultural history. However, it has to be recognised that the company culture is subject to change, and effecting this can be very difficult. Of the many national cultures, that of Japan is considered to be the most effective, as is demonstrated by the present dominance of Japan on the industrial scene. Many industrialised nations now seek to emulate the Japanese style of management, but it is not possible to copy or acquire Japan′s cultural heritage. The text is illustrated by a large number of practical examples from real life, illustrating the way in which the company culture works and can be used by management to improve company performance.

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Citation

Kharbanda, O.P. and Stallworthy, E.A. (1991), "Company Culture – Its Role in an Industrial Society", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 91 No. 2, pp. 2-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635579110004403

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MCB UP Ltd

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