Defining the University of Baguio’s Organizational Culture

Rhoda B. Galangco, Ph.D.


This study attempted to surface the prevailing organizational culture in the University of Baguio. The beliefs of employees in their work, management and social relations were identified and the extent by which these beliefs are observed in their values was determined. The norms were also analyzed to determine how they help shape the organizational culture of the University. The extent by which the seven characteristics of organizational culture are manifested in the University was also studied. Out of the 715 employees for SY 2007-2008, only 370 participated. The descriptive-survey and ex post facto research designs were used in this study. It was found out that attention to detail, aggressiveness, outcome orientation, team orientation, and innovation and risk-taking are much manifested as characteristics of the University’s organizational culture. Quality control measures such as orientation, establishment of groups that double check outputs, tasking, teamwork and issuance of memoranda guarantee minimal errors in the work of the employees. People orientation and stability as characteristics of organizational culture are slightly manifested. The observance of professionalism is the foremost work belief of employees. In terms of their beliefs in management, a great percentage of employees signified that they believe that school officials should be knowledgeable about their job and should establish and maintain adequate communication with their subordinates. The work values manifested very much by the employees are professionalism, obedience to policies, conscientiousness and cooperation, willingness to do other tasks and sense of accountability, objectivity, sociability, spirit of volunteerism, and initiative and openness. The norms have contributed to the development of affiliative culture, conventional culture and a competitive culture. No single dominant culture prevails in the University of Baguio. Hence, it is important to revive those traditions and practices that served as the foundation of the original culture of the University.

Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXII, No. 2, July – December 2008