THE INVESTIGATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE ELEMENTS AND TYPOLOGIES IN A GIGA OPEN UNIVERSITY: ANADOLU UNIVERSITY OPEN EDUCATION FACULTY 40TH YEAR RESEARCH


KIYIK KICIR G., ALTUNOĞLU A.

TURKISH ONLINE JOURNAL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION, no.2, pp.38-58, 2024 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Journal Name: TURKISH ONLINE JOURNAL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Index Islamicus
  • Page Numbers: pp.38-58
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Organizational culture acts as the mortar that connects the bricks. Every institution has its own unique culture which has been adopted and shared by all employees over the years. As establishment stories, ways of doing business, and communication styles change, culture also adopts itself to these in a way that is specific to that organization. Since there is no single understanding of culture covering all types of institutions, research has focused on classifying the concept of organizational culture according to types and concentrated on situational studies. As in for-profit businesses, culture is also significant in organizations that prioritize social goals. In this research, an academic organization within the realm of public institutions is discussed. The purpose of the article is to reveal the functioning of the elements that make up the organizational culture of the Open Education Faculty in the institution and the types of culture that are seen as dominant in the organization. In the case study, semi -structured interviews were conducted with the managers who have taken important roles in the history of the institution, and the documents containing information about the faculty culture were analyzed. The results of the qualitative content analysis revealed that Anadolu University Open Education Faculty has a strong and established culture, and this contributes to the work done and institutional development. Considering the dominant cultural styles in the institution; it is noteworthy that it started as an effective, collaborative, dynamic and work -based culture. With the institutional growth being experienced over time, the faculty culture has evolved towards a more protective, bureaucratic, and analytical one due to the difficulties in the organizational environment and the risks in the decisions taken. However, considering the scope, structural features, and stakeholder diversity of open education at home and abroad, the faculty still maintains a dynamic, collaborative and developmental cultural style with its ability to coordinate between units, its flexibility to respond to environmental changes, and its efforts to take innovative steps.