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p. 816. Organizational culturelocked

  • Andreas Önnerfors

Abstract

The global success of freemasonry as a voluntary association lies in its well-developed internal organizational culture. By 1723, the masonic foundational rules for organization had already been outlined and codified, and would last for centuries to come. Within a few decades, freemasonry developed solid structures, from the local lodge at the regional/provincial level to the grand lodge at the national level, which in turn regulated relationships with grand lodges in other territories/countries. ‘Organizational culture’ explains the detailed rules for individual lodges (the smallest organizational unit) and the grand lodge outlined in the General Regulations annexed to the 1723 publication The Constitutions, and describes the culture of self-governance in freemasonry.

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