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Dis-functional Culture: When internal competition becomes an organizational culture setback

Posted on Sep. 22, 2020 by Wassim Karkabi
Dis-functional Culture: When internal competition becomes an organizational culture setback

Some competition within organizations is always healthy. But, when competition becomes a continuously raging challenge and the source of constant cross-group criticism within the organization, we then have ourselves a cultural setback. This is a key signal to the business that your organizational culture may be what is holding the business back from delivering on its strategies that require collaboration across teams and groups within the business.

If your internal competition becomes a heavier burden on the organization than the competition that you are getting from your actual market competitors, you can rest assured that your business may be about to devour itself, slowly, but surely. You may not feel it at the beginning, but over time the symptoms of this sick culture will become apparent. It is like a cancer that spreads slowly, and you may not discover it until it has become too late, and that "bad culture" has metastasized across the whole business. CEOs, HR Officers, and Organizational Development officers must keep their eyes and ears to the ground listening carefully to the heartbeat of their business.

Organisational Culture is defined by Geert Hofstede, the co-founder of Hofstede Insights as the way in which members of an organisation relate to each other, their work and the outside world in comparison to other organisations. It can either enable or hinder an organisation’s strategy.

Being the Cultural Expert at your organization is no easy task. In the Middle East, the challenge in designing and practicing an optimal organizational culture is compounded by the multicultural environment which is rich in diversity across all its facets. Two hundred nationalities can co-exist under one roof taking complexity in delivering on the culture challenge even bigger.

The answer is in a scientific methodology of combining Intercultural Management dimensions with Organizational Culture dimensions to identify a company current culture, measure it against the optimal culture required to enable the strategic outcomes of the business, identify the gaps that need to be bridged, the levers for the change that needs to be implemented, and the internal influencers that can enable and drive the change.

Hofstede Insights enables you to solve Intercultural and Organisational Culture challenges by utilizing our effective and internationally proven and empirical framework based on Geert Hofstede’s work.

Wassim Karkabi Posted on Sep. 22, 2020 by
Wassim Karkabi
Managing Partner, Hofstede Insights MENA