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The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook by Jill Hurst-Wahl, Ulla de Stricker

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Navigating organizational culture: understanding politics

No matter what type of organization you work in, you will be faced with a culture to learn and navigate. Sadly, we do not take classes on how to survive and thrive in organizations. Learning is often carried out through trial and error, and it can be fraught with frustration. During that trial and error, you could easily make a regrettable slip in conduct. With that in mind, let’s offer some keys for success.

Become familiar with the organizational structure and culture

We might say that in any organization, every person has his or her place. Indeed, every employee fits into a defined organizational structure that goes from the top of the organization (for example president, chairperson, ...

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