Quinn and Cameron: Competing Values Model of Organizational Culture
Robert Quinn and Kim Cameron created a model of four organizational cultures. The Quinn and Cameron model is known as a “competing values framework” because it starts from two pairs of competing values.
Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)
The Nature of Organizations
This video is part of course module number 6.1.4
Program 6: Managing within Organizations
Course 1: The Nature of Organizations
Section 4: Organizational Culture
Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Introduction to Organizational Culture https://youtu.be/F_jEJBjE_J4
🎬 Cultural Web: Johnson & Scholes on Where Culture Originates https://youtu.be/i9hVuurBvh4
🎬 Edgar Schein’s 3 Levels of Organizational Culture https://youtu.be/N37Foo0DOgE
🎬 National Culture within an Organization: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cultural Dimensions https://youtu.be/eygJtngcqMs
🎬 How we Work: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cross-Organization Cultural Dimensions https://youtu.be/U8CZE1LXpv4
The Quinn & Cameron model is known as a “competing values framework” because it starts from two pairs of competing values:
1. stability vs flexibility
More controlling organizations vs more agile ones
2. inwards or outwards looking
Focus on internal concerns vs external matters
The four distinct quadrants or cultural types are:
This culture is collaborative and nurturing. Members see themselves are part of one big family. Leadership takes a light touch with a lot of coaching and mentoring. The organization is values-driven with strong traditions. The main values center on teamwork, communication, and consensus.
‘Let’s do it together’
This culture is energetic, creative, and entrepreneurial. Employees feel able to take risks, and leaders are seen as innovators or entrepreneurs. The organization encourages experimentation, with an emphasis on individual ingenuity and freedom. The core values are based on innovation, change, and agility.
‘Let’s do it first’
This culture has a structure and a high degree of control. The work environment is formal, with strict procedures. Leadership is based on coordination and monitoring, and emphasizes efficiency and predictability. The values include consistency and uniformity, so change is slow to happen. Think of stereotypical large, bureaucratic organizations – especially government departments.
‘Let’s do it right’
This culture focused competition and achieving results. Leaders are goal-oriented, tough, and demanding. The organization is united by a common goal to beat its rivals. So, the main value drivers are market share and profitability.
‘Let’s just do it’
Quinn and Cameron argue that flexible organizations are more successful than rigid ones because the best organizations are able to manage the competition between cultures while activating each of the four value sets when needed.
An organization will usually have one dominant culture. But individual departments may exhibit other traits. For example, an accounting department having a mainly Hierarchy culture, while a development team leans towards a more creative Adhocracy culture.
For your current organization – or one you know very well – assess where it is on the two scales of:
1. Internal-External focus (2 MC CPD Points)
2. Stable-Flexible Cccc (2 MC CPD Points)
3. Which of Quinn and Cameron’s four organizational cultures best represents your organization? (2 MC CPD Points)
4. Do you see other types of culture within your organization? (2 MC CPD Points)
– CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
– Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)
– Understanding Organizations https://geni.us/oB774Do
– Images of Organization https://geni.us/hrOemEs
– Inside Organizations: 21 Ideas for Managers https://geni.us/YwwL
– Gods of Management: The Four Cultures of Leadership https://geni.us/bpPeC5
Managers Need a Basic set of kit to do your job well. Here are my top recommendations: https://kit.co/MikeClayton/manager-s-work-kit (the links are affiliated)
Management Courses Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points
You can record your Management Courses CPD points on our free, downloadable CPD record log.
Download it at: https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Each video has two levels of MC CPD points. For this video:
– If you simply watched the video, record 2 MC CPD points
– If you also carried out all of the recommended exercises, score a total of 10 MC CPD points
Links to our book recommendations are affiliated through Amazon
#OrganizationalCulture #ManagementCourses #CompetingValues