Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 300

Organizational Culture (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.** (check availability)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None

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

TELUQ equivalency: COM 5002

Faculty: Faculty of Business

ORGB 300 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study 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 obtain a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination and an overall course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The chart below outlines the credit weight associated with each of the assessment 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: Weighting in grouped-study offerings may be altered to accommodate a classwork component.

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 a current web browser 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. (2009). The corporation: The pathological pursuit of profit and power. Toronto: Penguin Canada. ISBN 978-0-14-317161-4

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ORGB 300 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

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 4, September 22, 2011.

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