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Catholic Higher EducationA Culture in Crisis$
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Melanie M. Morey and John J. Piderit

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305517

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195305515.001.0001

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Mission and Culture

Mission and Culture

An Essential Connection

(p.21) 2 Mission and Culture
Catholic Higher Education

Melanie M. Morey

John J. Piderit (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Culture has a significant impact on how organizations understand and live out their institutional mission. This chapter explores how the components of organizational culture in general, and Catholic institutional culture in particular, interact over time in ways that impact two minimum characteristics of any viable culture: distinguishability and inheritability. Distinguishability is shown to require activities or approaches that are central to the life of the university and to Catholic teaching and practice. Cultural change, cultural consistency, and the various ways in which cultures and subcultures interact are discussed. Effective Catholic colleges and universities manage cultural change to enhance, rather than erode Catholic cultural vibrancy.

Keywords:   Catholic, culture, distinguishability, inheritability, content, consistency, symbols, actors, change

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