Thinking out loud here.
During the past two days, I have laid out posts related to –
- In spite of clear work instructions, does culture trump output?
- In spite of personality inputs, does culture trump output?
If you learn anything about me, you know that I am a structure guy.
- For those who think their organizational challenges revolve around personality, I tell you, it’s not a personality problem.
- For those who think they have a communication problem, it’s not a communication problem, it’s a structure problem.
Structure is the defined accountability and authority in working relationships, both managerial relationships and cross-functional working relationships. Structure is the context, in which we work.
Culture is that set of beliefs that drive our required behaviors in the work that we do together. Culture is the context, in which we work.
So, I am beginning to wonder if organizational structure and culture are inextricably tied together. Does structure equal culture? Does culture equal structure? Do the warm and fuzzy concepts of culture have a science underneath defined by levels of work and structure?
I believe so.