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❶Socioeconomic Position An aggregate concept that includes both resource-based and prestige-based measures, which are linked to both childhood and adult social class position. In a small sized organization it is much easier to foster a climate for creativity and innovation or to establish a participative king of management with greater stress on horizontal distribution of responsibilities.

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What is your culture? A person's culture is a activity that people use maybe on special days, Maybe use it only with family it means LOVE. Does people's ethnic culture determine where they will live? Not at all, they could've moved, or had there culture passed down.

There's many ethnic groups all over the world of the same kind. I'm part of an ethnic group and I live in the United States, my ethnic group is located in another country. What are there culture? What determines whether a site qualifies for world heritage listing as a natural site or as a cultural site?

Some of the cultural criteria for a World Heritage Site include: Some of thenatural criteria for a World Heritage Site include: Is alcohol abuse biologically determined or culturally influenced? Abusing alcohol is both Often when a young person is not confident in themselves or they want to be part of 'the in crowd' they may indulge in too much alcohol and can get addicted.

Adults that have high profile jobs in corporations, etc. What can a determination do? Determination is one the greatest assets we can possess. Determination is the tool we use to overcome temporary failure to prevent failure from becoming permanent. Determination is the tool we use to give us the will to win. Determination is the tool we use to help us win in spite of our limitations.

Determination is the tool we use to dig ourselves out of a hole. Determination is the tool we use to improve our relationships. Determination is the tool we use to reach our goals.

Determination is the tool we use to succeed. Determination can bring out the best in us. Determination is the tool we use to produce patience. Determination is the tool we use to feed our faith and starve our doubts to death. And these are just a few examples what a determination can do.

There are more things that have determination but this is a very good example to what a Determination is. The state of being marriage constitute a risk factor for some conditions while the cultural and economic circumstances that lead to hjgh divorce rates might form a social determinant of mental health? The cultural and economic factors are some of the leading reasons for divorce.

But I see that these issues are a result of a more important reason, that the parties in a marriage did not communicate before the marriage about their goals, their motive, and the nitty gritty of managing the money. I further feel that the reason these issues are not discussed is because the couple aren't aware of their own motives, don't have clear goals, and think that the money will take care of itself.

Before you enter into a partnership in business, you usually choose a partner with the same goals for that business and hopefully a business plan is agreed on. I know that it isn't always true, but it can certainly be a good start to sustain the business. The plan must also be flexible as a business grows and things change, as things always do. Even if there is no plan or mutual goals and the marriage becomes rocky, it's never too late to address these issues and put the plan in place, adjust goals to be mutually acceptable, and organize the finances.

Too often a couple believes that a marriage is about romance and love; that is really nice but it is also a merger of all the other things that life consists of. Too often a couple finds the romance gone and find no reason to go on without ever having assessed what the underlying problems are. Love and romance wax and wane over the years, but if there is a plan in place, then you can enjoy the waxing and survive the waning. None of this is of much use for couples who enter marriage with nothing but assumptions about their partner and not aware of what the partners assumptions about marriage are.

Not much can be done unless this couple was very lucky and finds that they do have mutual goals and plans by chance. With these types of marriages and others, when problems arise, the individuals must be willing to look at what the actual problems are instead of assuming, blaming, or giving up. Why is culture more important than instinct in determining human behavior?

Because within cultures there are consequences to actions. This affects the way people behave because they have learned through upbringing that certain actions result in certain reactions. An example would be if someone does wrong by you and your instinct is an aggressive outburst where you want to hit them. Culture tells you that this is not acceptable and you could be punished by the legal system so you control yourself to avoid punishment.

Foreign culture are destroying your culture? Are there universal and absolute rights and wrongs discernable by the human conscience or are all notions of right and wrong culturally determined?

We all we meaning all humans were actually created in the image of God. So, if we are created in the image of God, we therefore reflect God in us.

He already knows it's wrong. Now, is that culturally determined? He just knows he has an "instinct" or a "contience" that lets him know its wrong. Get into a Bible based church and learn all about this! How do you determine when? How do you determine whether culture media given to you by the laboratory instructor are sterile before you use them? On a petri dish? If anything is growing on the media it definitely isn't sterile. It should be sealed.

What are the various determinants of organizational culture? There are different types of cultured there are diff rent types of personality. Identified in my knowledge the foure types of culture. What was the first culture to determine earth was a sphere?

The Greeks were the first to determine that the earth was a sphere and they modeled their maps that way. How can you determine that your culture plate is contiminated? In most cases you won't know until the culture starts growing. Contamination by ambient bacteria can be identified by the type of colony that grows. The emerging concept of cultural epidemiology is an attempt in this direction as the EMIC Explanatory Model Interview Catalogue framework has offered some partial solutions 6 , 7.

At the ideological level, there are certain unresolved issues between epidemiologists and behavioural scientists.

Sociologists denounce medicalisation of public health while epidemiologists consider the culture to be merely a confounding in causal models 8. The basic premises of cultural epidemiology are based on a broad agreement with qualitative methods. Cultural epidemiology argues against reducing human cases to sets of variables. Culture is the context in which the research is performed and inferences are co-constructed. It shapes thoughts and actions of both: Researchers may not necessarily be aware of the influences of dominant cultural ideology on the way they conduct, interpret, disseminate, and use their research.

Objectivity is not value neutral, and, therefore, needs to be redefined to factor the biases associated with dominant cultural ideology and the contemporary market of knowledge. At the very least, researchers need to acknowledge a subtle conflict of interest Human societies everywhere have had cultural constructs woven around pregnancy, birth, child rearing, marriage, sex and death.

Many of these continue to influence the communities even after acculturation and rural-urban or transcontinental migration. Religion has also a great influence of these practices and may create remarkable inter-group differences within a same regional or ethnic identity.

With their merits and demerits, these have a significant bearing on reproductive and child health and need to be factored while designing health programmes that facilitate integration of traditional and modern practices.

While the list of health compromising practices is very long and this may be because of a particular orientation and disease-centric nature of enquiry and evidence-base, the good practices are also sizeable in number and demand serious documentation.

Between these two distinct categories, there is a gray zone of cultural practices where one can hardly exercise any measure of certitude. Use and abuse of a wide range of tobacco products and alcohol at the scale is also goaded by the level of cultural acceptability these products enjoy in the public space. This may vary across different sections of society and gender.

In several regions, there is virtually no resistance to tobacco in spite of awareness about its harmful effects. Societal acceptability for alcohol abuse is a huge global problem, and its health outcomes are of pandemic proportions In developing countries, maternal and child health pays a very heavy price for habitual alcohol abuse by their men 12 , Already meagre resources are depleted, households gradually fall in a debt trap, men die earlier, children are left to mothers and there is no one to care for the mother.

To an extent, this is happening in developed parts of the world as well Gender violence; violence against children, weak, poor and voiceless people; violence amongst youth; and road rage are some of the phenomena that cannot be sustained unless supported by some degree of cultural acquiescence.

As our talk on Determinants of Organizational Culture today we are going to discuss on Characteristics of Members and Organizational Size. Personal characteristics of the members of an organization also affect the climate prevailing in the organization. For example an organization with well educated, ambitious and younger employees is likely to have a different OC than an organization with less educated, and less upwardly mobile, older employees. The former might inculcate an environment of competitiveness, calculated risk-taking, frankness of opinions, etc.

In a small sized organization it is much easier to foster a climate for creativity and innovation or to establish a participative king of management with greater stress on horizontal distribution of responsibilities. On the other hand, in a large organization it is easier to have a more authoritative kind of management with stress on vertical distribution of responsibilities. This in turn leads to distinct environments as has been explained with the help of the concept of System 4 organization.

We have now studies seven basic determinants of OC. The lost is not exhaustive but these are the basic internal factors determining the internal environment of an organization. In our next post we will continue our discussion on Organizational Size. November 29, at 8: We continue our talk on Organization Structure which is the part of Organizational Policies. How does one know whether an organization should be categorized as System 1 or 2 or 3 or 4? It depends on the way following processes are perceived and rated in an organization: Employees of an organization rate these processes on a rating scale, asking questions like the following: Based on the answers to these questions, an organization can be classified as system 1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

A bureaucratic structure is likely to be rated as System 2 or System 3. A System 4 organization will have a distinct OC where the main theme would be strong involvement and self-control of all organization members at all levels in all basic organizational processes. November 28, at 6: Specific organizational policies can influence a specific dimension of OC to quite an extent.

For example, if the company policy states that layoffs will be used only as a last resort to cope with business downturn, then it would, in general, foster an internal environment that is supportive and humanistic.


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A culture is a set value of norms among a certain group of people, and takes them together to constitute the way these people live. In different countries of the world, culture is usually different. However, there are various known determinants of culture, and social structure is one of them.

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Popular Culture & High Culture Popular culture is the culture that prevails in a modern society, adopted and appealing to large masses of people, normally the middle class citizens. Culture consists of the customs and civilizations of a particular group. This study was aimed at investigating basic determinants of culture that contribute to differentiate culture of export-based textile organizations from one another. For this concern, different factors (degree of frankness, language, attire, working hours, work experience, activities other than work.

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As our talk on Determinants of Organizational Culture today we are going to discuss on Characteristics of Members and Organizational Size Characteristics of Members. DETERMINANTS OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE At the very onset of this topic, it is useful to distinguish determinants and dimensions of OC. Determinants are the causes, while dimensions are the components of OC.