graduate level course provides an overview of the theories
and methods developed over the past century to understand
More specifically, it focuses on the anthropological
study of organizations and the use of “Organizational
Culture;” the perspective that organizations, and
subsets within organizations, have their own unique cognitive,
sociopolitical, and material culture. This perspective
can be used to understand the full range of organizations:
large and small, corporate and non-profit, government
and non-government, local and multi-national.
An understanding of “Organizational Culture,” empowers individuals
to organize information, symbols, and people in ways that influence planning,
evaluation, policies, and resource allocations. Through readings, discussions,
and participant-observation, the student will become familiar with facilitating
directed culture change to proactively adjust an organization to a changing
M. Shafritz, J. Steven Ott, and Yong Suk Jang
2005 Classics of Organization
Theory, Sixth Edition.
CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
2003 Business Anthropology. Long
Grove, Ill.: Waveland Press.