The case study solution gives us an opportunity to reflect on our desire to change the way we live and work to create a more fulfilling business model. When we consider the definition of cultures, it is clear that we are working with two different concepts.
Cultural and political are often used interchangeably. Yet, their meanings are fundamentally different. Thus, we cannot assume that one will translate into the other.
Social relations often lead to increased knowledge about people and how they live their lives. Cultural and political discussions require learning about what is common and why it is important for us to learn the particular variations among those differences.
As a part of this Case Study Solution, we will examine the meaning of cultural and political differences and their impact on the workplace. We will focus on two common areas: organizational culture and management processes. We also look at the possible role of the entrepreneur in creating a new business model.
We will discuss three different types of organizations that use many types of management processes: organizations that are of a political nature; organizations that are part of a culture, but not of a political nature; and organizations that are culture-based. These types of organizations have differences in how they work because they are using different methods and styles. Of course, this raises the question of what constitutes a culture. To answer this question, we will begin by defining a culture.
First, we must define a culture because we must then describe a culture. There are no simple definitions because cultures are very complex and different from each other. The U.S. Congress developed a set of essential characteristics of culture, which have been used in describing cultures over the years.
If we begin with a small-scale example, we can compare a family in an agricultural community to a family in a city. In a small-scale culture, there is a balance between the economic and non-economic dimensions of family life. A large-scale culture, on the other hand, has a total dominance of economic factors and a complete neglect of non-economic factors.
However, let us look at a larger-scale example. We could say that our comparison is between rural life and urban life, because of the inherent differences between the two. Urban life includes the social and cultural components of a small-scale culture, whereas rural life includes both economic and non-economic dimensions. In both cases, we are looking at a balance between the economic and non-economic elements of family life.
In our modern business world, there are many small-scale communities with a cultural identity. Some of these communities are as large as companies, such as Reebok or General Mills. There are also many smaller-scale communities, such as small towns in rural areas, that are thriving businesses.
Finally, some cultures, such as the farming community, may have a deeper understanding of the whole human condition. They may understand that people are interdependent, and they may have developed a religious practice for dealing with such interdependence. They may also have a higher tolerance for diversity, or they may not.
It is only through understanding the differences between rural and urban that we can properly operate as a business that understands the differences between culture and politics. As we get closer to the launch of our campaign, we will continue to discuss how we are planning to raise awareness of these issues in our organization.