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Managing Change
Key Influences on the Change
Bureaucratic and risk averse environments are career killers because
of their impact on learning.
John Kotter
We need a can-do, vibrant, innovation-driven culture. Not
wearing a tie is just a snippet of that.
Paul Walsh
BUSS4.10 Culture
In this topic you will learn about:
Types of organisational culture
Reasons for and problems of changing
organisational culture
Assessing the importance of organisational
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What is corporate culture?
“The way we
do things
around here!
Culture consists of…
The shared values of a business
The beliefs and norms that affect every
aspect of work life
The behaviours that are typical of day-today behaviour
The strength of a culture determines how
difficult or easy it is to know how to behave
in the business
Different types of ‘business’ culture
– some real examples
Both of these communities are based in my home area of Blaenavon and
Ebbw Vale. My grandparents and parents worked in these communities.
Different types of ‘business’ culture
– Google culture!
Organisational Culture
“The specific collection of values and norms that are shared by people and
groups in an organisation and that control the way they interact with each
other and with stakeholders outside the organisation.”
Source : Wikipedia
The culture of a business affects the way in which
the business operates. This includes:
◦ Decision Making
◦ Organisational Structure
◦ Communication
◦ Leadership styles (cause or effect?)
◦ Attitude towards work
What are the key features of
the organisational culture at
How might this influence the
business performance?
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How culture might be demonstrated
How employees are
The way that visitors
and guests are looked
How the working space
is organised
The degree of
delegation & individual
How contracts are
negotiated and agreed
The personality and
style of the sales force
The responsiveness of
The methods used for
How staff call each
Types of Organisational culture
The AQA specification states that types of organisational culture include:
power, entrepreneurial and task
Power culture
◦ A few people central to the organisation have control
◦ Associated with
 Centralised decision making
 Autocratic leadership
Entrepreneurial culture
◦ Risk taking and innovation are actively encouraged and rewarded, whilst failure is not
◦ Associated with
 Decentralised decision making
 Democratic leadership
Can you define all the terms
used within this slide?
Task culture
◦ Emphasis on achieving set outcomes through cooperation and team work
◦ Associated with
 Matrix structures
 Delegation
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Strong or weak culture?
Staff understand and
respond to culture
Little need for policies and
Consistent behaviour
Culture is embedded
Little alignment with
business values
Inconsistent behaviour
A need for extensive
bureaucracy & procedures
Handy’s Four Classes of Culture
Power culture
• Control radiates from
the centre
• Concentrates power
among a few
• Few rules and little
• Swift decisions are
Role culture
• People have clearly
delegated authorities
within a highly defined
• Hierarchical
• Power derives from a
person's position
• Little scope exists for
expert power
Task culture
Functional Depts
• Power derives from
expertise as long as a team
requires expertise
• No single power source
• Matrix organisation
• Team may develop own
objectives (a risk)
Project Teams
• Teams are formed to solve
particular problems
Person culture
• People believe themselves
to be superior to the
• Business full of people with
similar training, background
& expertise
• Common in firms of
professionals – e.g.
accountants & lawyers
• Power lies in each group of
Your task
Take each of these ‘cultures’ – decide
which leadership style would work best
for each.
Justify your choice.
Culture types and leadership style
Suitable Leadership Style
Autocratic or paternalistic
Paternalistic / democratic
Reasons for changing organisational
Change in owners / leaders
◦ Recap BUSS4.7 - how might a change in ownership
mean a change in culture?
Change in corporate objectives
Change in size
◦ Mergers and takeovers can often mean businesses
with different cultures joining together
Responding to market conditions
◦ New competition
◦ Economic climate
How might the organisational culture of a business have to change to respond to
different functional strategies?
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Problems of changing organisational
Resistance to change
Lack of trust
Period of adjustment
 Alienation of:
Read the Business
Week article on how
to change corporate
◦ Suppliers
◦ Customers
◦ Other stakeholders
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The importance of organisational
Impact on staff motivation
 Competitiveness of
◦ Communication
the business
◦ Retention
◦ Innovation
◦ Personnel performance indicators
◦ Adaptability
Effects decision making
◦ Speed
◦ Level of involvement
◦ Scientific v Intuition
Brand image
◦ Consumer perception
◦ Stakeholder opinion
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Barriers to cultural change
Tradition and set
 Loyalty to existing
 Failure to accept the
need for change
 Insecurity
 Preference for the
 Different person
Fear of:
 Loss of power
 Loss of skills
 Loss of income
 The unknown
 Inability to perform as well
in the new situation
 Break up of work groups
What type of organisation would you like to work
for in the future - what sort of culture would it have?
Watch this video about the top 100 organisations to
work for in 2009
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Culture activity
Using The Sunday Times 100 Best companies to work for…
List 3 common factors you would expect to find in the culture of these
Explain how the culture of an organisation can impact upon its overall
Select THREE companies within the 100 Best…
What are the key features that these companies have?
Why do the staff value about the company that they work for?
What ‘organisation culture’ systems do they operate?
Do some more research from the The Times 100
Essay title
Research among schools and
businesses points to ‘cultural
differences’ as being the key
problem in mergers.
Discuss why cultural differences are
so hard to overcome when bringing
two organisations together. (40)
Employees at Google enjoy a creative,
relaxed and innovative culture. The open plan
offices, informal structure and
entrepreneurial culture help to create a fun
working environment.
With reference to Google and/or other
businesses you have studied to what extent
does the culture of a business determine its
ability to maintain competitiveness?
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