Abstract and Keywords
This chapter deals with the characteristics of organizations in different stages of the organizational life cycle and the implications of those stages for organizational climate and culture. It also deals with the implications of existing climate and culture for the ways organizations move through their life cycles, because these variables are interactive. An organizational life cycle refers to the various stages of growth that an organization passes through over time. Organizational culture is conceptualized as the values, beliefs, and behavioral norms that characterize organizations as transmitted by the socialization experiences newcomers have, the decisions made by management, and the stories and myths people tell and re-tell about their organizations. Organizational climate refers to the meaning organizational employees attach to the policies, practices, and procedures they experience and the behaviors they observe getting rewarded, supported and expected.
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