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Organisationskultur i förändring – Subkulturers inverkan och respons på förändring
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Organisational Culture – Subcultures effect and response at an organizational change (English)
Abstract [en]



: The company that this report addresses is, at time for investigation, in the midst of

a change in organizational culture, where two departments with different core competencies are

brought together into one. The purpose of this study is to review the potential problems that may

occur in the change process when one or more subcultures come into conflict with organizational


Purpose and methodology: The reason for performing this study and the objectives are to

examine how subcultures influence and respond to organizational changes. The survey is

conducted with a bottom-up approach in which participation in daily activities with the

subgroups is the foundation. The management's perspective has been omitted in consideration of

past literature in the field where focus most often has been on their thoughts and views on the

process of organizational change. The method used is participant observation and interviews.

Results and Conclusion

: Subcultures exist and they do affect an organizational change. It is

unclear in what direction - subcultures can both promote and inhibit change. In this case the

process of change where inhibited because of some uncertainty within the subgroups. This can

be addressed through improved communication, both vertically and horizontally. One should

take into account that organizational culture and organizational change is an extremely complex

processes. Management are trained and well equipped for this complexity, but workers often

have little information and few tools to manage communication regarding the uncertainty that

may arise. Increased knowledge and understanding in the organization leads to subcultures that

are more communicative and easy to alter, which in turn leads to more effective organizational change

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 36 p.
Examensarbete INDEK, 2012:52
Keyword [sv]
Organisationsförändring, organisationskultur, subkultur
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-103578OAI: diva2:560635
Subject / course
Industrial Business Administration and Manufacturing
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Design and Product Realisation
2012-06-12, Sing sing, 10044 Stockholm, 13:34 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-10-15 Created: 2012-10-15 Last updated: 2012-10-15Bibliographically approved

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