A study of organizational culture at Islamic Azad University in Iran

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Assumption University. Graduate School of Education
Scholar: AU Graduate School of Education Journal 4, 1 (June 2012), 84-92
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Organizational culture is comprised of the shared values and attitudes of an institution’s members, and effective organizational culture is a necessary aspect of any successful institution and its governance. Often the term is used in a corporate context, but the concept is an equally important element of academic life and management. Islamic Azad University (IAU) in Iran, established in 1982, is among the primary culturaleducational participants in the crucial task of growing Islamic culture and humanistic development among faculty members, students, scholars and staff at more than 400 branches nationwide and internationally. Clearly, the effectiveness of the organizational culture of IAU will affect its relative ability to achieve this task. Thus, the objective of this study was to determine the dominant organizational culture type based on perceptions and preferences of faculty members at Islamic Azad University (IAU) branches in Iran. This is a descriptive and exploratory research enacted through a nationwide survey. Based on the competing values framework (CVF), Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) was employed to assess the research objective. By using random sampling, 357 questionnaires were distributed among 7selected IAU branches and 329 were considered to be valid. The findings revealed that that the current dominant organizational culture type at IAU branches in Iran was hierarchy culture and the preferred dominant culture type was clan. Furthermore, the current culture type was reasonably congruent. The findings also indicated that there were no significant mean score differences among current organizational culture types and demographic characteristics with respect to gender, marital status and work experience; however there were mean scores differences between current organizational culture types and demographic characteristics with respect to age, education, position, and work fields.
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