Defining organizational culture in order to support learning and change management programs
If you want to change or transform an organization then set about defining organizational culture as according to the research you have about a 1 in 3 chance of being successful. Not brilliant odds you might think but you can stack the “Deck” more in your favour by adopting a systems perspective and thinking about how to influence and facilitate the organizational culture to a more future friendly state. Infact I would go as far to say that many large organizational change projects fail because there is none or little alignment of culture.
If you try and define organizational culture you will come across terms like:
“shared basic assumptions invented, discovered, or developed by a given group”
“collection of values and norms”
“set of shared mental assumptions that guide interpretation and action in organizations”
Culture, often described as "the way we do things around here" in an organization, permeates every aspect of an organizational life (e.g., values, norms, decision-making patterns, behavior, reward systems, and politics).
Transforming an organization's culture is one of the most challenging and rewarding leadership activities an organization can undertake. Culture should be viewed as a system, that when aligned with other systems, can help an organization execute its strategy.
There are loads of models defining organizational culture here in my view is one of the most straightforward. By Daniel Deninson (1990)
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So if you are planning to create any enterprise wide change you need to focus some attention on the following:
Because culture is intertwined with other systems, transforming culture takes a long time. Untangling the drivers of culture is the first step.
Most experts estimate that an organization can achieve culture change in about three to five years. So changing culture should not be attempted lightly but tackle it must if ultimately can derail the strategy
Defining organizational culture
In order to achieve sustained results, goals must be linked with the creation of more supportive cultural contexts. The bottom line is that culture influences leader and employee choices and determines the effectiveness of any organizational initiativeRead more on managing organizational change here