Reshaping Organizational Culture Using the Burke-Litwin Model

1110 WordsFeb 5, 20184 Pages
Introduction The case being studied is a consulting group's efforts to reshape the culture of an organization in an image they feel is more appropriate. The group went to Mexico to impose American ideas about organizations, power, gender roles and other American cultural ideas on an organization in a foreign culture. This paper will describe their efforts using the lens of the Burke-Litwin model for organizational change. Burke-Litwin The Burke-Litwin Model seeks to explain the processes and influences by which organizational change occurs. The organizational change process is driven by twelve different factors. The factors are integrated, such that a change in one factor will have an effect on all of the other factors. The team at CGIAR took this approach to their change program, focusing on a few factors that they believed were the key drivers of change. The twelve different factors are the external environment as the key input, mission & strategy, leadership, organizational culture, structure, management practices, work unit climate, systems, task and individual skill, motivation, individual needs and performance, and individual and organizational performance as the key output. Their efforts were focused specifically on changing the organizational culture, which they felt would result in changes to many other aspects of the organization. 12 Key Areas The external environment often shapes culture. Some of the traits that the authors describe as "masculine" or

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