Meta-Synthesizing of Components of University Organizational Culture (A qualitative approach to recognizing the priorities of the competence-based academic community)

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1 Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tehran. Tehran. Iran

2 Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

3 Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education. Tehran, Iran.

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The present study takes a meta-synthetic approach to identifying and presenting components of university organizational culture by logically consolidating, collating, and organizing studies conducted in this area. The research method is based on a meta-synthesizing of internal and external articles of the last 10 years (i.e. 2010 to 2020). The research findings were analyzed in three sections: assumptions, values and artifacts. The results of 74 articles based on 88 components showed priority and importance, respectively: in constructing assumptions: value foundations of organization and physical-mental well-being in the epistemological component; Organizational identity and organizational experiences are important in the identification component. In the structure of values, components such as: academic competencies, participation and team orientation, academic independence and freedom, organizational learning and learning methods (as norms) and negative stereotypes (as anomalies); Also in the structure of artifacts, components such as: communication context, interaction of individuals (structure), academic management and leadership role (human resources), resource allocation and bargaining over resources, and the atmosphere of organizational change (processes) were identified. Therefore, the structure of artifacts was identified as the most important priority of the competence-based academic community, the major part of which can be explained in the structure section.

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