Culture Types at the Basis of the Competing Value Framework

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Anneke Zwart
Student (University), Netherlands
In an article called “Organizational Culture and Organizational Effectiveness: A Meta-Analytic Investigation of the Competing Values Framework’s Theoretical Suppositions”, Hartnell and Kinicki distinguish 4 types of culture that underlie the 4 quadrants of the CVF. Each of these four types is at the basis of one area of the CVF: 1. Clan Culture: High degree of flexibility and an internal orientation. This culture is characterized by an important expectation that human affiliation generates positive emotional attitudes of employees, resulting in organizational success. Another fundamental belief is that trust and commitment to laborers within the organization eases labor participation, involvement and it eases open communication as well. The main values of a clan culture are thus affiliation, membership, support and attachment. 2. Adhocracy Culture: High degree of flexibility and an external orientation. A core assumption is that changes stimulate creating new resources. The main valu (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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