Organisational Culture is a very important part of an organisation and is made up of the shared values, beliefs and assumptions that determine how people should behave and interact, how decisions should be reached and how work activities should be carried out.
Organisational culture is a complex subject as it deals with human interaction. Factors such as previous history, management structure and type of industry can influence the culture of an organisation.
The Cultural Web, a model designed by Johnson and Scholes to represent the taken-for granted assumptions of an organisation, helps managers and leaders to focus on how the various assumptions may influence the strategic plans of the organisation and identify blockages and facilitators of change within the organisation enabling better planning and effective drivers of change to be implemented.
The Cultural Web Model
In the modern age, leaders are required not only to be able to manage processes but also to develop individuals and teams, motivate them and lead them to fulfil their human potential.
Leaders that understand and recognise the culture of their organisation will be best placed to ensure that their strategies result in success. They will be able to review their leadership styles to suit the norms and values of their organisation and in doing so, minimise resistance to change and ensure a culture of organisational learning is present.
At SK AeroSafety, we take all the cultural dimensions seriously, and we strive to give managers, leaders and all within the business the training they require to become more sensitive to how cultural aspects may impact on the success of our organisation and our teams’ performance. For example, as part of their continual development, Team Leaders routinely engage in management training, enabling them to better understand leadership styles and how to adopt the correct style according to several factors such as work type, people and the situation.