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Judge how cultural environments shape the behaviour of organizations?

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meherhashmat | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2011 at 1:22 AM via web

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Judge how cultural environments shape the behaviour of organizations?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 30, 2011 at 3:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Some information of the sociology of knowledge will help you answer this question. One of the basic points of the sociology of knowledge states that people create society and then society then in turn shapes the way people think and live. In light of this insight, we can say that cultural environments shape all people and all organizations.

This point is to admit that no one or no organization is autonomous. The society in which they live influences them in great ways. At this point let me give you a sociological concept called,"Plausibility Structures." Plausibility structures states that certain things are more or less plausible based on where you live. So, if you live in Saudi Arabia, then you will easily believe that there is only one God. This proposition is plausible in that culture. If you live in New York, not many people may believe in that. Why? It does not fit into their plausibility structures.

If you take this idea and look at organizations, then all behaviors of all companies will be shaped by culture and their plausibility structures.

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