Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Organizational culture in social economy organizations
Issue: Vol. 13, No 3, 2020
Published date: 09-2020 (print) / 09-2020 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Joana Costa

Ana C. Rodrigues

Marisa R. Ferreira
CIICESI, ESTG, Politécnico do Porto
Keywords: social economy organizations, organizational culture, competing values framework, CERCIs
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2020/13-3/10
Index PUBMS: 78ad2cc6-0d35-11eb-a151-fa163e0fa1a0
Language: English
Pages: 155-170 (16)
JEL classification: L31, M14

Over the last years, Social Economy Organizations have undergone significant organizational changes. The purpose of this article is to analyze the organizational culture, assessed through the Competing Values Framework (CVF). A multi case-study approach was performed, in three Cooperatives for Education and Rehabilitation of Citizens with Disabilities (CERCI), collecting qualitative and quantitative data. Applying the qualitative analysis suggested by the CVF indicated that there were no differences among the studied organizations, nor between the culture types within each of them. Statistical analysis confirmed differences in organizational culture among the three CERCIs. Clan culture is more prevalent than the other types of culture, and there are differences between CERCI 1 and 2, and CERCI 1 and 3 regarding adhocracy and hierarchy, and adhocracy, respectively. These differences show the framework’s sensibility for this type of organizations. The added value of this paper entangles with literature and practical implications. It adds to the social economy theoretical field demonstrating that a well-known model is adequate, and therefore enables the improvement of organizational knowledge and study in this sector, as well as organizational development. Extends the model itself confirming its wider usage and the pertinence of statistical analysis to have a more accurate diagnose of the organizational culture, and therefore management action.


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