One of our required classes this fall semester, Organizational Behavior, calls for a significant amount of teamwork. While the word “teamwork” may conjure up bad memories of high school projects where you became victim to your team members’ social loafing, there is still hope. Almost every assignment in Organizational Behavior requires some form of teamwork, giving the opportunity for plenty of practice working in teams. After all, this is obviously representative of the real business world, where the firm’s culture influences most individual decisions.
Almost every week we have a quiz in Organizational Behavior about the previous week’s readings. First, each student takes the quiz individually, and then each group must take the quiz as a whole. If the group grade is higher than the averaged individual grades, the team is effective. In addition to our weekly group quizzes, each team must give one hour-long presentation demonstrating mastered knowledge of a frame within Organizational Behavior.
My group has been diligently working on the symbolic frame, which views organizations as cultures. The Organizational Culture Profile (OCP) is “a culture typology that helps us identify, manage, and measure culture” (Bauer and Erdogan, Section 15.3). The OCP recognizes seven dimensions of organizational culture including innovative, aggressive, outcome-oriented, stable, people-oriented, team-oriented, and detail-oriented culture. Matching one’s personality and values to one of the above seven cultures can help create person-organization fit, ultimately leading to greater job satisfaction for both the employee and the employer.
With a B.A. in Psychology, I always find myself psychoanalyzing the world around me. I find it interesting that this can be applied to the business world as well and hope other individuals will consider this concept when job-hunting. If you are interested in finding out what type of organizational culture you fit best, I would recommend taking a personality tests, such as the Myers-Briggs. Check out https://www.mbticomplete.com/en/index.aspx!
Erdogan, T. B. (2012, 11 3). Organizational Behavior, v. 1.1. Retrieved from Flat World Knowledge: http://students.flatworldknowledge.com/bookhub/reader/4?cid=1018465#fwk-122425-ch09_s01