Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.


Ehrentraut, A.




This study examines how an organization's financial environment impacts its culture(s). Conducted at a mid size university, the research consisted of an archival review and open ended in depth interviews. Utilizing the cultural audit models of Schein (1992), Hofestede, Neuijen, Ohayv and Sanders (1990) and Sethia and Von Glinow (1985), two subcultures within the non academic, administrative division of the university were revealed: one within the non-ancillary departments and another within the units operating as ancillaries. It was concluded that the differences in these two subcultures could be partially explained by how they obtained their required fiscal resources. Although the results of this study establishes a link between an organization's fiscal environment and its culture, it must also be recognized that the environment is but one possible factor influencing an organization's culture. In order to gain a deeper understanding of an organization's culture, other environment factors plus the role of the institution's leaders and unions would need to be examined. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .S645. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0146. Adviser: Adolf Ehrentraut. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.