What Is The Definition of Corporate Culture?


Citrix CEO Mark Templeton in the video below says that “a culture is about everyone belonging to something they believe in, something of a greater and higher purpose than them.  A company culture is how a company gets things done.  People are the hardware, values are the operating system.”

The corporate culture of a company refers to the organizational components, such as attitudes, values, standards, and its belief system, which are shared amongst a diverse set of stakeholders.  This can include employees, management, investors, vendors, clients, and customer. The ultimate goal or mission statement is the basis of a corporate culture. It is strengthened by additional attributes such as structure, strategies, labor approach, investors, and the larger community of their bigger picture.

The Sergay group says: “A basic definition of organizational culture is the collective way we do things around here. It involves a learned set of behaviors that is common knowledge to all the participants. These behaviors are based on a shared system of meanings which guide our perceptions, understanding of events, and what we pay attention to.”

Understanding corporate culture is important and at MeritShare we help companies reinforce the desired behavior and culture through value-based rewards. We provide the unbreakable link that connects a company’s values, beliefs, and attitude to its employees through peer to peer recognition.

5 Questions To Ask:

Self-reflection is never easy and selective perception can distort the truth.  However, the right set of questions can help articulate a company’s culture.

The Hagberg Consulting Group  asks five straight forward questions:

·       What’s really important?

·       Who gets promoted?

·       What behaviors get rewarded?

·       Who fits in and who doesn’t?

·       What 10 words would you use to describe your company?

The basis of these penetrating questions suggests that every organization has a culture, whether constructive or destructive, they have one. The key is to have a culture that will drive the company in a goal orientated direction and not the opposite.

Here’s the video of Citrux CEO Mark Templeton referenced above.  He has received numerous leadership awards, such as the AeA Abacus Award for Outstanding High-Tech Executive, “Businessperson of the Year” (EVIE Award) and the Excalibur Award. He is also included on Glassdoor’s 2013 list of “50 Highest Rated CEOs.”

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