SOME FUNCTIONS OF CULTURE

 

 

 

Integration -- shared interpretations / meanings

 

Culture carries with it a framework of meaning and interpretation that enables participants to integrate themselves and their activities into a meaningful whole.

 

 

Commitment -- emotional "reasons"

 

Culture provides reasons for participants to be willing to devote energy and loyalty to the organization. It provides reasons for sacrifice and investment of self in the future of the organization.

 

 

Control --  3 is more complex than 2

 

Culture legitimates the structure of authority and organization that control activities within the organization. Myth, ritual, and symbol provide explanations for activities and thus help to reconcile differences between ideals and actual behavior.