capturing “CULTURE”

One of the most (mis)used management buzzwords in the past 10 years has to be “culture”. What is this fuzzy word all about? Join this open OUTNR. Thinkteam and support defining the right answer and culture concepts.

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Early december 2017 the results of this Thinkteam on “culture” will be shared. Find here some intermediate responses;

As a reference we started with the 4 basic culture types as shared by Popin https://popinnow.com/four-types-organizational-culture/

The Clan Culture: This culture is rooted in collaboration. Members share commonalities and see themselves are part of one big family who are active and involved. Leadership takes the form of mentorship, and the organization is bound by commitments and traditions. The main values are rooted in teamwork, communication and consensus. A prominent clan culture is Tom’s of Maine, the maker of all-natural hygiene products. To build the brand, founder Tom Chappell focused on building respectful relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and the environment itself.

The Adhocracy Culture: This culture is based on energy and creativity. Employees are encouraged to take risks, and leaders are seen as innovators or entrepreneurs. The organization is held together by experimentation, with an emphasis on individual ingenuity and freedom. The core values are based on change and agility. Facebook can be seen as a prototypical adhocracy organization, based on CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s famous admonition to, “Move fast and break things – unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.

The Market Culture: This culture is built upon the dynamics of competition and achieving concrete results. The focus is goal-oriented, with leaders who are tough and demanding. The organization is united by a common goal to succeed and beat all rivals. The main value drivers are market share and profitability. General Electric under ex-CEO Jack Welch is a good example of this culture. Welch vowed that every G.E. business unit must rank first or second in its respective market or face being sold off. Another example of the market culture is software giant Oracle under hard-driving Executive Chairman Larry Ellison.

The Hierarchy Culture: This culture is founded on structure and control. The work environment is formal, with strict institutional procedures in place for guidance. Leadership is based on organized coordination and monitoring, with a culture emphasizing efficiency and predictability. The values include consistency and uniformity. Think of stereotypical large, bureaucratic organizations such as McDonald’s, the military, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Which Culture do you prefer?

 

Sophie Wisbrun – “In this research I miss the Purpose Driven Culture that stimulates the speed of trust :-). A great example of a purposeful culture is Tony’s Chocolonely or Terracycle – they have strong values that come across the everyday actions of all employees . In the end a culture based on strong values is one, the second more important step is action : the everyday actions and behaviours of employees and stakeholders of the company..”

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