Culture Based Change: How Characteristics of Organizational Culture can Influence the Success of Change Projects

By Thilo Muenstermann, Paul Flachskampf and Klaus Henning.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Organizational culture is widely known as one of the main influencing factors on the success of change projects. Nevertheless, there is only few hands-on help for change managers on how to deal with the influence of organizational culture. The two main research trends in this topic focus on either describing culture with elaborated models or finding methods to change culture. But for many change managers the question is how to bring a project to success under the circumstances of the actual culture.
The pragmatic approach of the research project “culture based change” is based on two assumptions: First there are certain characteristics in culture which are essential for the success of change projects. Second there is not the one “change culture”, but rather different cultures are successful in different situations or different types of change projects. To find out similarities more than 500 managers and consultants were interrogated in an online survey about their experiences in change projects to find out, which characteristics of organizational culture are typically enhancing or blocking change attempts. Correlations between the success of change projects and cultural characteristics are presented for four different types of change projects. Finally further research demand is shown.
The findings of this survey will be presented in a 30 minute paper presentation.

Keywords: Organizational Culture, Change Management, Online Survey, Systemic Approach, Consulting, Systemic Change Management

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp.193-204. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.610MB).

Dr. Thilo Muenstermann

Research Assistant, Institute for Management Cybernetics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, NRW, Germany

Paul Flachskampf

Managing Director, Institute for Management Cybernetics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, NRW, Germany

Prof. Klaus Henning

Chairman, Institute for Management Cybernetics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, NRW, Germany


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