Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Death of a Culture 

This is an interesting article in that it alleges the death of the culture of a great company -- Hewlett-Packard. HP grew in a spirit of fairness and openness because that is the way its founders operated their entire careers. With the spying scandal, observers now say the company is no longer what it once was.

Cultures don't die easily, so I'm skeptical. The article is correct that HP's way has been under assault, but that doesn't mean it is dead. There is institutional memory, and behavior endures for long periods. Any communicator engaged in cultural change is aware of the embedded nature of beliefs and actions.


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