Viewing RTOs Through the Lens of Culture

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Clayton, Berwyn (2009) Viewing RTOs Through the Lens of Culture. In: AVETRA 12th Annual Conference : Aligning Participants, Policy and Pedagogy : Traction and Tensions in VET Research. Brennan, Roslin, ed. Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, Crows Nest, N.S.W., pp. 1-14.


Alvesson (2002) uses the concept of culture as a lens through which to view an organisation. He believes that a cultural focus offers a creative way of understanding modern organisations. Whilst the author generally regards shared meanings as critical for coordinated action and interaction, he contends that a study of culture can be a powerful tool in counteracting commonly held beliefs and values that limit personal autonomy and slow the progress of change within organisations. In the study on structures and cultures in Australian registered training organisations undertaken as part of Supporting VET providers in building capability, work teams were asked to describe their own cultures and that of their organisation. This paper highlights the cultural complexity that can be found in the VET workforce, complexity which can and does make cultural change a complicated and somewhat problematic process, particularly in large providers of vocational education and training.

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16 - 17 April 2009

Item type Book Section
Official URL
ISBN 9780980527513
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9305 Education and Training Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Keywords ResPubID17881, organisational culture, registered training organisation, RTO, Technical and Further Education, TAFE, power distribution, subcultural differences, behavioural incongruity
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