Task Culture

Culture Definition:

Cultures in organisation is defined by how the organisation is run, how the personalities within the organisation interact with each other and also how the structure of the company is set out.

Task Culture Definition: This culture doesn’t follow the others, as instead of having a Greek symbol; it follows the picture of a net, with some being stronger than others, showing leaders and more influential people within the organisation. Another name this goes by is the matrix structure, which you may have seen in Business Studies.

This culture is all about getting the right people together and then letting them get on with the task in hand. This type of culture is all about team work and because of this is lead by expert power, the people with more knowledge and experience will tend to be the people who lead this type of culture in an organisation and bring the teams together to work towards the common goal. However, due to the team aspect ranks and such are normally ignored in favour of reaching the common goal.

As this type of culture is easy to change within, they tend to be able to be adaptable when it comes with keeping up with competitors and the market they are in. Decisions are made quickly because people are able to discuss the changes which are being thought about, in the teams they have and therefore ideas get put forward.

This is why these types of organisations tend to be in competitive markets, such as the Internet market, where product life is relatively short and change is needed to keep up with new innovations. These types of cultures tend to creep up in marketing, consultancy and advertising.

Because of the team orientated structure of this culture, it is hard to control the people in the organisations. Teams and projects are managed by the top management, but when they are given work to do, it is not always with a time constraint, meaning if the workers don’t see it as an important task, it isn’t likely to be completed when needed.

This is why to get the most efficiency out of this type of culture the product must be very important, so people feel the need to work on it, and pressures need to come from other places, such as customers. When this happens, management are able to focus on controlling resources, which allows high skilled subordinates to carry out work how and when they want.

All-in-all the culture is quite difficult to control, it needs to be the right market, have enough resources for all, or the team structure breaks down and people compete too much for them.

Despite the difficulties, with managers this is a type of culture they like to work in, due to the culture being most relevant to organisational behaviour.

Key Learning Points

  1. Define Culture?
  2. Define what Task Culture is?
  3. Can you draw and explain the diagram?

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