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Organization 21C: Someday All Organizations Will Lead This Way by Subir Chowdhury

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Analyzing Corporate Culture

Sociability refers primarily to affective relations between individuals who are likely to see one another as friends. As such, they tend to share certain ideas, attitudes, interests, and values and to be inclined to associate on equal terms. In essence, sociability represents a type of social interaction that is valued for its own sake. It is typically maintained through ongoing, face-to-face relations characterized by high levels of implicit reciprocity; there are no “deals” prearranged. Individuals help each other “with no strings attached.”

Solidarity, by contrast, describes task-focused cooperation between individuals and groups. It does not necessarily depend upon close friendship or even personal acquaintance, ...

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