ArticleOrganizational Culture The Silent Political ForceKoerner, JoEllen PhD, RN, FAAN; Wesley, Mary Lou MSNAuthor Information From the Nurse MetriX, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Dr Koerner); and St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Ms Wesley). Corresponding author: JoEllen Koerner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Nurse MetriX, 5209 East Valley Oaks Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57110 (e-mail: [email protected]). Nursing Administration Quarterly: January 2008 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 49-56 doi: 10.1097/01.NAQ.0000305947.69311.a0 Buy Metrics Abstract Organizational cultures are affected by, and affect, organization politics. Underlying all cultures is the values of the individuals in the organization. These need to be identified and understood by anyone who seeks to influence or change behaviors. This article describes a series of studies done to increase the understanding of values of professional nurses. The results point out differences between specialties, organizations, and communities that can help leaders make better decisions in areas ranging from staffing to leadership styles, while assisting colleagues in the expression of their authentic selves. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.