occupational culture

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The shared values, beliefs, and norms associated with a particular occupation or type of work. An occupational culture is independent of the particular organization where the employee works. Such cultures can be associated with both blue- and white-collar workers—for example, fishermen, accountants, and police officers. The developments in flexibility and the decline of traditional careers have led some commentators to argue that the notion of occupational culture is ceasing to be relevant. Others, however, point to new occupational groups, such as computer technicians or financial traders, as evidence of emergent occupational cultures.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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