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CAVEDON, Neusa Rolita  and  FACHIN, Roberto Costa. Homogeneidade versus heterogeneidade cultural: um estudo em universidade pública. Organ. Soc. [online]. 2002, vol.9, n.25, pp.61-76. ISSN 1984-9230.

This paper aims to search for the different meanings that different actors hold of a public university located in the southern region of Brazil. The conceptual framework is based on the social representation’s notion which was developed in the field of Antropology and on the organizational culture study by Martin & Frost (1996). Instead of finding an homogenous culture, Martin & Frost identify instead fragmentation, differentiation and integration as different facets of the culture of an organization. The method of the study was etnography and the period of study included the years from 1995 to 1998. Results found that Resource Scarcity and Renowned University were meanings hold by students and professors (i.e. fragmentation). Another meaning - Lack of a professional perspective or a professional future - was shared by Professors and the Administrative support staff (also, fragmentation). Differentiation, however, appears when one sees hat Difficulty of putting together work and study obligations is a meaning that is bound to appear only with the students and a sense of Freedom is particularly restricted to the group of professors. An integrative representation is found when professors, administrative staff and students share the meaning of Deficiency as an overall characteristic of the University. The study thus provides a significant contribution for the discussion regarding the homogeneity or heterogeneity of an organizational culture.

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