Many organizations live in the past, reflecting on their past glories and successes while ignoring present and future challenges. They make the basic assumption that if things worked in the past, they must be good enough to work in the present and future and do not need to be reexamined. That assumption can indeed be valid if the technology and the environment have remained stable, but it can lead an organization to destruction if new environmental demands and technological changes require changes in how the organization defines its mission, its goals, and the means by which to accomplish them, as the DEC story illustrates (Schein, 2003).
- 8. DEEPER CULTURAL ASSUMPTIONS: THE NATURE OF TIME AND SPACE
- from Organizational Culture and Leadership, Fourth Edition
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass
- Released: August 2010
living in the past.
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