The Cultural Web

This is my favorite framework for analyzing and considering organizational culture

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The Cultural Web identifies six interrelated elements that help to make up what Johnson and Scholes call the "paradigm" – the pattern or model – of the work environment. By analyzing the factors in each, you can begin to see the bigger picture of your culture: what is working, what isn't working, and what needs to be changed. The six elements are:

    Stories – The past events and people talked about inside and outside the company. Who and what the company chooses to immortalize says a great deal about what it values, and perceives as great behavior.

    Rituals and Routines – The daily behavior and actions of people that signal acceptable behavior. This determines what is expected to happen in given situations, and what is valued by management.

    Symbols – The visual representations of the company including logos, how plush the offices are, and the formal or informal dress codes.

    Organizational Structure – This includes both the structure defined by the organization chart, and the unwritten lines of power and influence that indicate whose contributions are most valued.

    Control Systems – The ways that the organization is controlled. These include financial systems, quality systems, and rewards (including the way they are measured and distributed within the organization.)

    Power Structures – The pockets of real power in the company. This may involve one or two key senior executives, a whole group of executives, or even a department. The key is that these people have the greatest amount of influence on decisions, operations, and strategic direction.

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Tom,
This is an intriguing idea. What are your thoughts on how this might look in a school or classroom? I like how it's focused on rituals and routines and is a direction that is different from a lot of the other discovery contributions.

You should add it to the ideate stage--it would give you and others a chance to flesh it out through discussion and prototyping.

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