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Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 300

Organizational Culture (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode:Individualized study online or grouped study.**


Area of Study:Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)


Precluded Course:ORGB 400. (ORGB 300 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ORGB 400.)

TELUQ equivalency: COM 5002.

Centre:Faculty of Business

ORGB 300 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note:Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the School of Business Call Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


ORGB 300: Organizational Culture deals with issues and concepts in organizational culture, and focuses on the impact of organizational culture on individuals in North American work organizations. The course introduces the “tools” you will need for conceptualizing and understanding culture. The goal is to help you understand how culture is learned and internalized, and to appreciate its importance in relation to all activities undertaken in organizations. You will also gain an understanding of the effects of ceremonies, myths, rituals, and symbols.


Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Why Organizations are Cultures

Lesson 3: The Substance of Organizational Culture

Lesson 4: Cultural Forms

Lesson 5: Organizational Passages and Cultural Continuity

Lesson 6: Occupational Subcultures

Lesson 7: Other Subcultures in Organizations


To receive credit for ORGB 300, you must complete and submit three assignments and pass a Final Examination. The passing grade for the Final Examination is D (50 percent). In addition, you must achieve an overall grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on your written assignments. The chart below provides the credit weight associated with each of these activities.

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Final Examination Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: Examinations for this course are taken online, and must be taken at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Trice, H. M., & Beyer, J. M. (1993). The cultures of work organizations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
ISBN 013-191438-3

Bakan, J. (2004). The corporation: The pathological pursuit of profit and power. Toronto: Penguin Canada.
ISBN 0-14-029004-0.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, August 4, 2009.

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Last updated 07/09/2015 14:15:55