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Week 7: Symbolic Frame—Culture in Action
The democratic leader’s influence is far more subtle and symbolic. He or she spends time listening, summarizing, integrating, and guiding what is being said, making key interventions and summoning images, ideas, and values that help those involved to make sense of the situation with which they are dealing. In managing the meanings and interpretations assigned to a situation, the leader in effect wields a form of symbolic power that exerts a decisive influence on how people perceive their realities and hence, the way they act.

-Morgan, 2006, p. 184

An organization’s culture is often revealed and communicated through its use of symbols. These symbols take many forms, including the organization’s vision, core values, and purpose (Bolman & Deal, 2017). For example, consider the symbols of the United States of America, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the American flag. Rituals, attitudes, beliefs, and stories surround these symbols, which help explain the culture of America. These symbols create a mindset of how things work in the United States. Symbols also create this mindset in organizations. Think of a symbol in an organization with which you are familiar. How does it set the tone or represent the culture of the organization? In what ways is this symbol used for leadership?

This week, you will explore symbols in organizational culture and how they impact leadership and organizations.

Learning Objectives
This week, you will:

Analyze management styles and organizational cultures
Define organizational culture
Evaluate organizational cultures
Analyze strengths and weaknesses of organizational culture
Skills
You will develop the following skills:

Analyze organizational culture
Apply theoretical concepts to practical cases
Resources
Readings
Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2017). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Chapter 3, “Getting Organized” (pp. 45-68)
Chapter 4, “Structure and Restructuring” (pp. 69-92)
Chapter 5, “Organizing Groups and Team” (pp. 93-112)
Morgan, G. (2006). Images of organization. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Chapter 3, “Nature Intervenes: Organizations as Organisms” (pp. 33–69)
Chapter 4, “Learning and Self-Organization: Organizations as Brains” (pp. 71–114)
Walden University Online Writing Center. (2014). Course paper template. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates
Assignment: Application: Symbols and Culture
Looking Ahead: Final Project
In this Assignment, you will apply your understanding of this week’s concepts of culture and symbols to make sense of what is happening in an organization that you have selected to explore.

Instructions
Scope: 3-4 pages

Reflecting on the organization where you work or have worked (or, if none is available to you, use a company in the news or draw from a case study), answer the following:

Describe the culture of the organization and how the symbols convey the culture.
Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the organization from a cultural perspective.
Explain what could be changed with the culture of the organization pertaining to the weaknesses you identified, and suggest ways of accomplishing the change. If the culture is one you would like sustained, what needs to be in place to assure its perpetuation even when top managers change?
Day 7: Submit Assignment
Note: Include proper APA citations and peer-reviewed references. There should be at least two references from outside sources and at least one of your course materials. The sources must be different from the ones used in the Discussion.

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Element 1: Culture of the Organization
6 (10%)
Student presents a thorough and detailed description of the culture of the organization and how symbols convey the culture. Several sources and examples support thinking.
5.7 (9.5%)
Student presents a detailed description of the culture of the organization and how symbols convey the culture. Several sources or examples support thinking. There are one or two minor errors or details missing.
5.1 (8.5%)
Student presents a description with some details of the culture of the organization and how symbols convey the culture. Some sources or examples support thinking. Some details are missing and/or not fully developed.
4.5 (7.5%)
Student presents a cursory or incomplete description with vague or missing details of the culture of the organization and/or few details on how symbols convey the culture. Few sources or examples support thinking. Most details are missing or lack clarity.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
Element 2: Strengths and Weaknesses
6 (10%)
Student presents a thorough and detailed description of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization from a culture perspective. Several sources and examples support thinking.
5.7 (9.5%)
Student presents a detailed description of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization from a culture perspective. Several sources or examples support thinking. There are one or two minor errors or details missing.
5.1 (8.5%)
Student presents a description with some details of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization from a culture perspective. Some sources or examples support thinking. Some details are missing and/or not fully developed.
4.5 (7.5%)
Student presents a cursory or incomplete description with vague or missing details of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization from a culture perspective. Few sources or examples support thinking. Most details are missing or lack clarity.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
Element 3: Changes with or Perpetuation of the Culture
9 (15%)
Student presents a thorough and detailed explanation of what could be changed with the culture of the organization, pertaining to the weaknesses he/she identified, and suggests ways of accomplishing the change; and may explain what needs to be put in place to assure the culture is perpetuated even when top managers change. Several sources and examples support thinking.
8.55 (14.25%)
Student presents a detailed explanation of what could be changed with the culture of the organization, pertaining to the weaknesses he/she identified, and suggests ways of accomplishing the change; and may explain what needs to be put in place to assure the culture is perpetuated even when top managers change. Several sources or examples support thinking. There are one or two minor errors or details missing.
7.65 (12.75%)
Student presents a brief explanation of what could be changed with the culture of the organization, pertaining to the weaknesses he/she identified, and suggests ways of accomplishing the change; and may explain what needs to be put in place to assure the culture is perpetuated even when top managers change. Some sources or examples support thinking. Some details are missing and/or not fully developed.
6.75 (11.25%)
Student presents a cursory or incomplete explanation of what could be changed with the culture of the organization, pertaining to the weaknesses he/she identified, and/or suggests few ways of accomplishing the change; and/or may vaguely explain what needs to be put in place to assure the culture is perpetuated even when top managers change. Few sources or examples support thinking. Most details are missing.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
Element 4: Scholarly Sources
9 (15%)
Student supports his/her statements with a minimum of two references from outside sources and at least one reference to his/her course materials, and sources must be different from the ones used in the Discussion. Citations are relevant, current, and appropriately formatted.
8.55 (14.25%)
Student supports his/her statements with a minimum of two references from outside sources and at least one reference to his/her course materials, and sources must be different from the ones used in the Discussion. Citations are relevant, current, and appropriately formatted; however one or two statements are missing a citation.
7.65 (12.75%)
Student supports his/her statements with a minimum of two references from outside sources and at least one reference to his/her course materials, and sources must be different from the ones used in the Discussion.
6.75 (11.25%)
Student somewhat supports his/her statements with two references from outside sources and one reference to his/her course materials; however, sources are not different from the ones used in the Discussion and/or student has only two sources and/or there are several statements missing citations and/or citations are not relevant or current.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
Element 5: Critical Thinking
12 (20%)
The submission demonstrates the ability to engage in scholarly thinking and writing. Applies new and original ideas to produce an effective, logical presentation on the selected organization. Recognizes industry-specific and generalized impacts and presents viable solutions. There are no errors related to the analysis or critical thinking exhibited on the assignment.
11.4 (19%)
The submission demonstrates the ability to engage in scholarly thinking and writing. Applies new and original ideas to produce an effective, logical presentation on the selected organization. Recognizes industry-specific and generalized impacts and presents viable solutions. However, there are one or two minor errors in the critical thinking exhibited on the assignment.
10.2 (17%)
The submission demonstrates higher levels of thinking and writing. Applies somewhat new and original ideas to produce a plausible presentation on the selected organization. Recognizes industry-specific and generalized impacts.
9 (15%)
The submission does not follow all instructions. Minimally demonstrates scholarly thinking and writing. The submission shows little creative application and is predictable. Minimally recognizes industry-specific and general impacts.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
Element 6: Written Delivery Style & Grammar
9 (15%)
Student consistently follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are no spelling or grammar errors. Appropriate paraphrasing and summarizing of literature is evident throughout paper.
8.55 (14.25%)
Student consistently follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are one or two minor errors in spelling or grammar. Appropriate paraphrasing and summarizing of literature is evident throughout paper.
7.65 (12.75%)
Student mostly follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student mostly communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are some errors in spelling or grammar. Some use of paraphrasing and summarizing of literature is evident in paper.
6.75 (11.25%)
Student does not follow APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style and/or does not communicate in a cohesive, logical style and/or little if any paraphrasing and summarizing of literature is evident in paper.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
Element 7: Formal and Appropriate Documentation of Evidence, Attribution of Ideas (APA Citations)
9 (15%)
Student demonstrates full adherence to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. There are no APA errors. Course template fully adhered to including a title page and reference page.
8.55 (14.25%)
Student demonstrates full adherence to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. Course template fully adhered to including a title page and reference page. There are one or two minor errors in APA style or format.
7.65 (12.75%)
Student mostly adheres to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. Some errors in APA format and style are evident. Course template used and includes a title page and reference page.
6.75 (11.25%)
Student demonstrates weak and/or inconsistent adherence to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. Several errors in APA format and style are evident and/or course template not used or is missing sections.
0 (0%)
Does not meet minimal standards.
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