This chapter was published as “The Role of Organizational Culture in Effective Team Development” in Teams in Library Technical Services edited by Rosann Bazirjian and Rebecca Mugridge. 2006. ISBN -13:978-0-8108-5294-5.

The version presented is the authors submitted version.


The concepts surrounding team management and organizational culture may seen unrelated when initially considering the implementation of some form of team management however in fact both concepts are intimately connected. The success of any team management effort may depend on the successful identification, understanding and management of that wide variety of social and procedural elements collectively known as the organizational culture. This paper examines the role of organizational culture and how it impacts a manager or administrator introducing and implementing team management concepts to their workplace. The author will examine the definition of organizational culture, the various types of cultures and the author also suggests ways to operate within an organizational culture and successfully implement a team management program within one’s culture.


Organization Development | Science and Technology Studies | Technology and Innovation