Jethro's understanding of administration and the convergence of inter-organizational goals

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore how culture influences organizational behavior by connecting elements stemming from individuals' social habitus with other elements pertaining to the organization itself; rejecting a "new age" approach, the paper studies how references drawn from Judaism can feed an organizational reflection process that impacts management practice. Design/methodology/approach: The paper centers on a case study about the Graduate Unit of an academic institution, which trains in the field of educational leadership. Findings: Developing a common social habitus during the formative years makes it more likely that compatible projects can be implemented within various complementary organizations to achieve significant impact. In this case, the common knowledge of Jewish philosophy, the common "Jewish wisdom," served as a catalyst. Creating a common organizational culture without such common elements would be impossible. Research limitations/implications: The research presented here in the non-profit field suggests that belief in a possible creation and sharing of an organizational culture to further a company's objectives is largely illusory. Originality/value: The paper studies organizations in the third sector to understand elements in the business sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-900
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Management Development
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Community
  • Habitus
  • Jewish wisdom
  • Judaism
  • Leadership
  • Leadership communalization
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Organizational culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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