Cultures

For people who want to get beyond the obvious architectural constructs of procedural processes and the organization chart, often one of the first considerations is culture – sometimes referred to as “corporate culture”. Hard-nosed business people take culture very seriously. “In all of my business career, I would have always said that culture is one of the five or six things you worry about if you're a leader. You worry about markets, and competitors, and financial assets and strategy. And somewhere on the list is culture. What I learned at IBM is that culture isn’t part of the game. It is the game.”

•    Elements: norms, guidelines, styles, founding stories (myths), personality of the founders, internal branding, ceremonies, manner of working
•    Types: natural, artificial
•    Sociality: The social interactions of the enterprise are largely shaped by cultural factors. This is a major dimension that is often overlooked in the haste to apply ICT innovations.