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Organization Culture
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Dear All,

Is there any way to check the Organization Behaviour or Culture. In general talk, we say that this is in Org. DNA, so how to explore the DNA or find out the way to be adjust in the culture. The adoption in the culture may be difficult if you are not from that domain ...
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Only by working with a number of people from that organization for a few months can you get a feeling of the Organizational DNA.
Even then , you can only really base your judgement on a cross section.
You really need to work in an organization as an employee and interact with several people across several departments to form a first hand opinion of the DNA.
Otherwise you just base it on comments from other people who are part of the "Furniture".
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As is the case with most of us who plan to relocate to another city, I tend to do a bit of research on the www on the overall comments on that organization. Not that all comments are authentic, but to me, they do give a fair idea of what's happening in there! I also try and interact with a few people from the organization and check on their approach to varied problems such as resource, quality, time etc. That adds to my knowledge of the organization. Lastly, as Deepesh has mentioned, working in the organization, helps clarify some of those assumptions.

Hope this helps.
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what about interacting with their stakeholders to have an idea about DNA?
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Look, listen and learn...from the people, project and processes.
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1 reply by Joao Sarmento
Jan 03, 2019 11:10 AM
Joao Sarmento
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Agreed. It's easier for a new team member to act as a tabula rasa... without making any judgement. But even if you are the PM, let the company's DNA sink in little by little... and look, listen and learn from it.
The best way of influencing others is to accept them first
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Before a project exists when you are creating a solution one way to understand business need is performing a gap analysis between the actual enterprise architecture and the desire enterprise architecture which is the transformation you need to put in place thanks the project. This activity belongs to business analysis and was called "entperise analysis" changing today to "needs assessment" or "strategy analysis" depending you take the PMI or the IIBA standard. Culture belongs to business layer inside the enteprise architecture. Business analyst can use some models. In my case, I use the "Five Cultures" model to understand the culture. In fact, if you use the Tom Peter´s Seven S model to evaluate the whole architecture you will find that Culture is inside the Share Values variable (it does mean you do not have to undestand culture in isolation). Culture is thinking and beheavors that people have becuase they understanding and perception about the "running business". Running business is the execution of process and functions. So, you can search inside the PMI´s business analysis literature to find tools.
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I'd agree with Deepesh - information posted online or individual interviews will give you a sense of a part without an understanding of the whole. The larger the organization is, the harder it is to truly understand the culture without a deep, long immersion.

Geographic dispersion is another factor which will complicate the process.

Kiron
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Jan 03, 2019 1:53 AM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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Look, listen and learn...from the people, project and processes.
Agreed. It's easier for a new team member to act as a tabula rasa... without making any judgement. But even if you are the PM, let the company's DNA sink in little by little... and look, listen and learn from it.
The best way of influencing others is to accept them first
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It is all said! To learn about an organization’s culture you have to interact with its employees from different disciplines and observe how they interect between each other. The culture of your (new) organization might be completely different from what you were used to in previous organizations. Your interpersonal skills are your best tool to adjust (quickly) to the new environment. And one important thing: never revoke a way of doing things that is different from what you were used to. The new organization might teach you to do things differently and this is part of its culture and your ability to adapt.
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Adding to the contributions above, there are usually "pockets" of culture in large organisations where the culture might vary. Another factor to consider is the dynamics that the addition of a new (or a returning) member brings especially if they are senior/middle management.
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I research through networking sites and industry forums to connections, then I listen and learn.
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