“All organizations live two lives; there is the structural life – and then there is the culture. The structure is formal and represents the reality of what is supposed to happen. Culture is informal and represents the reality of what actually does happen. Make no mistake about it, it is the culture that runs things…” ~ Braiden, 1994
Braiden’s quote is in reference to the sociological idea where the behaviour of individuals in a certain occupational environment becomes distinct from social norm (the most prominent example being ‘police culture’). In other words, people form social groups when they are placed in a niche environment, and they develop certain behaviours and attitudes that make them significantly different than the rest of society. As scientists and academics, we too fall under this occupational pattern where the nature of research and academia shape our attitudes and perspectives.