Vision Report

The Four Characteristics Of Organizational Culture

Know What Culture Is Made Of To Know How To Make It

December 16th, 2021
With contributors:
James McQuivey, PhD , Keith Johnston , Tyler Castro , Rachel Birrell

Summary

No two views of organizational culture are identical, but leaders can describe their cultural observations and goals through four specific characteristics. We interviewed business leaders and scholars for their approaches to understanding, supporting, and changing culture. This report defines the four characteristics or building blocks of culture; it offers examples of how companies build culture to reflect a shared purpose and demonstrates how the right characteristics can meet leaders’ culture objectives.

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