March 13, 2024
2:00 p.m. ET
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Christopher Law, Texas A&M University
Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill, George Mason University
Jennifer (Jenny) A. Chatman, University of California, Berkeley
The Emergence of Organizational Culture: A Multiple Case Inductive Study
Culture is central to organizations and their outcomes. However, we know surprisingly little about how culture emerges because extant research generally examines large, established organizations. In this paper, I address this gap. I use an inductive longitudinal research design to study eight nascent technology companies over 22 months to generate a theory of culture emergence. My data point to the criticality of specific choices made by founders: how they imprint themselves on the organization, structure human capital, and manage the budding culture. Further, my data reveal that several “best practices” suggested by practitioners for culture creation can have unintended yet detrimental cultural consequences.
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