Reality of Ashridge Model
Wulf-Dieter Krueger, Member
Indeed models are rarely based on realities, since they are created in some think tank at some university by people who have hardly seen reality. Depending on the country, schools may be behind reality
by about 10 to 15 years and universities by about 5 to 10 years.
Another issue is that these models come top down
from outside top-own instead of from inside bottom up. So, instead of adapting some alien model to the needs of an entity, the company should rather create their own, realistic model themselves. The tools for doing that could be Brainstorming
and Mind Mapping
. Using these, each department develops their own mission, after which all departmental models are consolidated into an overall one.
Since everybody in the company contributed to the end-product there should be clarity about what it is all about and identification with the model should be unequivocal because of better tangibility. The implementation then should be easier, particularly if there are periodical reality checks.
Just think of the automotive industries where missions were formulated at the top and not appreciated at the bottom - Volkswagen and Jetta, BMW and Rover and Mercedes Benz and Chrysler - and I believe there are more to come bearing in mind the dream missions of Dr. Piech or Mr. Winterkorn.