An Investigation On The Dominant And Preferred Organisational Culture Construct At A Selected Higher Education Institution In South Africa


  • Ndlovu Wiseman Department of Human Resource Management & Labour Relations, University of Venda. Thohoyandou. South Africa
  • H Ngirande Department of Human Resource Management & Labour Relations, University of Venda. Thohoyandou. South Africa
  • TS Setati Department of Human Resource Management & Labour Relations, University of Venda. Thohoyandou. South Africa
  • JJ Zaaiman Department of Operations Management, University of Venda. Thohoyandou. South Africa
  • MP Rachidi Department of Human Resource Management, University of Venda. Thohoyandou. South Africa.



Organisational culture, higher education institution, organisational behaviour


The aim of the study was to investigate the dominant and preferred organisational culture at a higher education institution in South Africa and how organisational culture influences the organisational behaviour. The study employed a quantitative research design and 30 employees were randomly selected from two groups of non-academic and academic staff members of a selected school at the institution. A structured questionnaire was utilised to solicit information regarding the dominant and preferred organisational culture at the institution from the participants. The Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS) version 2013 was used to determine the preferred and existing culture through mean scores. The results revealed that a role culture was dominant in the institution whilst employees preferred a support culture. The study further revealed that organisational culture has a significant impact on numerous organisational processes, employees as well as organisational performance. In addition, the results showed that if employees have shared norms and are supported by the organisation, they can increase their performance towards achieving overall organisational goals. Thus, from the findings, the study recommends policy makers and decision makers in organisations to adopt support culture through providing support to their employees to achieve both personal and organisational goals. 


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