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The Influence of Organizational Culture

The Influence of Organizational Culture

According to Ruben & De Lisi (2017), the two largest employee groups within the higher education profession are the staff/administrators and the faculty, and each represent a distinct cultural group. Both groups are vital to the academic institution, since they are routinely involved with leadership in planning and decision-making. Differences between the cultures can create challenges for leadership, since cultures and challenges tend to be unique, including differentiating roles and responsibilities, education and training, incentive and reward structures, and professional backgrounds (p. 74). Because of this, it is important that leaders understand organizational culture and climate. Ones longevity as a leader will often depend on his or her success at entering and navigating among the many subcultures of higher education.


For this assignment, you are placed in a scenario where you have recently been hired as the provost at a local private 4-year liberal arts institution. In preparation for your first meeting with the deans of the multiple degree program areas delivered by the institution, you send out a meeting announcement by way of email, asking for agenda items and requesting confirmation of availability. To your surprise, only a few on the invitation list confirm their availability, and none of them offer agenda items. You find the lackluster response somewhat perplexing and recognize that you will need to plan ahead for how to address it in the upcoming meeting.

In your 3- to 5-page response, begin with a discussion of the type of institution you are the provost of, in terms consistent with the organizational frames identified by Manning (2018). Based on the type of organizational model that you select, please go on to author an informed response to the following questions:

Do you find the limited response from the deans to your email invitation to be problematic? Why or why not? Does the response seem to be a natural extension of the organizations frame? Do you believe that the classification of the institution (private, 4-year liberal arts) might have an influence on the organizations culture? In what way?
Considering the prevailing culture of the institution, how might you respond to this situation? What professional characteristics would be important for you to demonstrate in this first meeting? Over time, what strategic actions might you take to help shape the prevailing culture to one that is more consistent with your own expectations as a leader?
In what specific ways can you apply the knowledge you have gained to your higher education career?

Manning, K. (2018). Organizational theory in higher education (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Rubin, B. D., & De Lisi, R. (2017). A guide for leaders in higher education: Core concepts, competencies, and tools. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

The total length of the paper is 35 pages, exclusive of the title and reference pages. Make sure to include proper title, body, and reference pages and follow APA style.

This Assignment addresses the following unit learning outcomes:

Appraise the influence of organizational culture on today’s higher learning institutions.
Justify administrative decision making within a specific higher education context.
It also addresses the following Course Outcome and Professional Competency:

HE530-5: Evaluate administrative features and challenges of different higher education organizational paradigms.

PC-3.1: Conduct oneself to reflect the professional characteristics and culture of a given work setting.