This chapter discussed the role of values and beliefs in forming an organization’s culture. The topic of organization culture is big business on the Internet. Many companies use their Web pages to describe their mission, vision, and corporate values and beliefs. There also are many consulting firms that advertise how they help organizations to change their culture. The purpose of this exercise is for you to obtain information pertaining to the organizational culture for two different companies. You can go about this task by very simply searching on the key words “organizational culture” or “corporate vision and values.” This search will identify numerous companies for you to use to answer the following questions. You may want to select companies that you would like to work for in the future.
Examples of companies to use for the exercise could be the following:
Ford Motor Company:
Hewlett-Packard Development Company:
Answer the following:
- What are the espoused values and beliefs of the companies?
- Use the worksheet in Figure 3.6 to assess the Web page. What does the web page reveal about the culture of this organization? Would this culture be conducive to effective project management?