Wal-Mart: Shaping the Organizational Culture

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Case Details:
Case Code : HROA011
Case Length : 12 pages
Period : 1962 - 2004
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Wal-Mart
Retail ing
Countries : USA

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Exhibit 1
Exhibit 2: The Wal-Mart Cheer
Exhibit 3: Guiding Ethical Principles
Exhibit 4: Gifts and Gratuities
Exhibit 5: Financial Highlights
Exhibit 6: Financial Summary
Exhibit 7: Net Sales
Exhibit 8: Wal-Mart Store Segment
Exhibit 9: SAM's CLUB Segment
Exhibit 10: International Segment


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