2 Understanding organisations
In this section you are going to be introduced to studying organisational context and organisational culture. We start with organisational context, exploring the make up of organisations and how organisations have tried to set themselves up through dividing work into specific tasks and allocating roles and functions to enable the achievement of organisational goals. The constant search to find the right organisational arrangement has been an active area of study for organisation and management research. The section on organisational culture will try to encapsulate what an organisation is ‘really like’ through the examination of various frameworks and concepts. This should help you to understand your own and other organisations and also begin to see why organisational culture has become an exciting area of interest for managers.