The organizational culture of a Brazilian public hospital

La Cultura Organizacional De Un Hospital Público Brasileño

Fernanda Ludmilla Rossi Rocha Maria Helena Palucci Marziale Michele Cristina de Carvalho Samira de Fátima Cardeal Id Monica Chiodi Toscano de Campos About the authors

The objective of this research was to analyze the organizational culture of a Brazilian public hospital. It is a descriptive study with quantitative approach of data, developed in a public hospital of São Paulo State, Brazil. The sample was composed by 52 nurses and 146 nursing technicians and auxiliaries. Data were collected from January to June 2011 using the Brazilian Instrument for Assessing Organizational Culture – IBACO. The analysis of the organizational values showed the existence of hierarchical rigidity and centralization of power within the institution, as well as individualism and competition, which hinders teamwork. The values concerning workers’ well-being, satisfaction and motivation were not highly valued. In regard to organizational practices, the promotion of interpersonal relationship, continuous education, and rewarding practices were not valued either. It becomes apparent that traditional models of work organization support work practices and determine the organizational culture of the hospital.


Nursing; Organizational culture
; Health administration
; Health Services



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