n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Cultural theory and the security fraternity

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Comprehending the prevailing organisational culture is crucial for organisations needing to change and / or launch new projects. This is especially true in the security fraternity, where significant challenges face the industry both nationally and internationally. Organisational culture underlies and influences organisational structure. This paper uses an anthropological approach to propose an organisational structure best suited to the private security industry. A major South African security company is investigated, and the grid group (GG) framework, also known as cultural theory, is applied to analyse the prevailing organisational structure. This model, originally developed by British anthropologist Mary Douglas (1970; 1978), proposes an effective framework for the structuring of organisations in the private security sector.

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