Culture is about the life of an organization in all its forms, variations and systems of meanings. Some say, quite simply, that the culture is how to do things in an organization. All too easily the concept of culture becomes all too encompassing and therefore unmanageable. Culture can be defined in various ways, including:
- A grid through which we perceive reality
- A collective programming of our beliefs, attitudes and behaviour that distinguishes one community from another
- Shared values based on events and experiences
Culture is something that a group of people share, and it represents a common orientation, something that shapes and guides thoughts, feelings and actions. Culture can be perceived and studied at different levels. These fundamental and often deeply-rooted structures need to be brought to a more conscious level – the more radical a change is, the more important this becomes, as radical change requires changes in behaviour and attitudes.