Metaphorically Speaking, Does Culture Matter?

Metaphorically Speaking, Does Culture Matter?

Jenine Beekhuyzen (Griffith University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-447-7.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter is a qualitative research case study discussing the use of metaphors to analyze the organizational culture of a university department involved in a Human Resources Academic Administration Information Systems Implementation. The new system is part of a larger university-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation. Current literature suggests that organizational culture is impacted by information systems implementation and it is argued that the impact of the enterprise systems can result in a major cultural transformation that resets organizational values, meanings and beliefs. The metaphor of “organizations as cultures” is used to enable a better understanding of the department’s culture and the staff’s cultural attitudes toward the newly implemented ERP system. This investigation indicated that as a result of the implementation, the culture within the department did need to change to accommodate the new system and this is reflected through culturally symbolic artifacts, roles, values and beliefs (see Beekhuyzen, 2001 for more discussion of these topics). The metaphorical analysis of these culturally symbolic elements is presented in this chapter.

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