Developing an Effective Organizational Culture in the Classroom

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  • Title: Developing an Effective Organizational Culture in the Classroom: An Exploration of Cultural Elements and Cultural Diversity
  • Author(s): Rungnapha Khamung , Lee Miller , Kanjansit Chinnapha
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Diversity in Education
  • Keywords: Culture, Organizational Culture, Collaborative Advantage, Cultural Diversity, Innovation
  • Volume: 19
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2327-0020 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2163 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v19i02/1-19
  • Citation: Khamung, Rungnapha , Lee Miller, and Kanjansit Chinnapha. 2019. "Developing an Effective Organizational Culture in the Classroom: An Exploration of Cultural Elements and Cultural Diversity." The International Journal of Diversity in Education 19 (2): 1-19. doi:10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v19i02/1-19.
  • Extent: 19 pages

Abstract

This study attempted to create an effective organizational culture in the classroom by using the Denison Model’s four traits of mission, involvement, consistency, and adaptability, complemented with themes based on the theory of collaborative advantage (TCA). It was hypothesized that such a culture could be achieved by incorporating suitable classroom assignments, activities, and structure in order to cultivate the four traits of the Denison Model. The authors incorporated diverse student grouping to develop mission, a team project to develop involvement, a case study to develop consistency, and a study tour to develop adaptability. Based on the instructor’s observation and students’ reflections and feedback, it was concluded that the Denison Model traits of mission, involvement, consistency, and adaptability were achieved. Additionally, a post-study survey and the university grading system results indicated that the desired learning outcomes were achieved by a high percentage of students, thus indicating that the Denison Model and TCA themes created an effective organizational culture in the classroom for affirmative engagement of cultural elements and cultural diversity. The study found that combining the two perspectives of the Denison Model and the TCA led to the desired learning outcomes of understanding cultural elements, valuing cultural diversity, and resolving conflicts and managing cultural diversity among the students.