Defining the Organizational Culture of the Fairborn Fire Department   [open pdf - 141KB]

"In an effort to begin a teambuilding and organizational development program, organizational culture, an important but often overlooked component of the Fairborn Fire Department, was identified for study. This research project will provide insight into the organizational culture of the Fairborn Fire Department, and provide methodology for organizational development and change. The problem that this research project will address is that attempts at organizational development and teambuilding have not been successful due to a failure to thoroughly understand the needs, beliefs, values, and perceptions of the members of the fire department. The overall purpose is to identify the organizational culture, define the strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations for methodology of organizational change, teambuilding, and resolution of cultural conflict. The research required the use of both historical and descriptive methodologies. The research questions were 1. What are the strengths and weaknesses within the Fairborn Fire Department that have the greatest impact on its present organizational culture? 2. What are the elements of the organizational culture within the Fairborn Fire Department? 3. How can the organizational culture be defined?"

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