weak culture

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Refers to an organization that either does not possess a clearly identifiable set of values and beliefs, or else possesses them but fails to get them widely shared by employees. Whilst weak cultures are often deemed inferior to strong cultures, they have the advantage of producing a greater diversity of views, ideas and behaviour. This can be beneficial if an organization wants to encourage creativity and originality, or if it is faced with constant change and the need for flexibility. [See organizational culture.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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