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Watching culture emerge

Posted by Philip on 10 March 2014, 12:42 pm in , , , ,

There’s a lot of talk about creating and changing culture in groups and organisations. The assumption is that culture can be manipulated by design and somehow a desire for a certain “shape” of culture can be transposed onto a group of people at will.

I’m not sure that’s possible.

Robert H. Schaffer suggests in the Harvard Business Review that, 'To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture"’. He reflects that the “multitude of programs — training, re-organization, systems redesign, and communications campaigns” imposed to create widespread culture change, are “trying to transform a whole lot of cultural dynamics all at once. We’ve found that managers get better results when they start with a few smaller successes, which then provide a basis for expanding.”

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