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By definition, an Adaptive Culture is simply a way of operating where change is expected and adapting to those changes is smooth, routine and seamless. With an Adaptive Culture in place, change, growth, and innovation are a "given" part of the business environment.
Attributes of an Adaptive Culture include: The ability for all employees, departments and groups within an organization to collaborate effectively; The ability for all employees at all levels to network with others outside the organization, gaining new sources of useful information and helpful perspectives in the process. This includes networking with customers and other stakeholders, external industry experts, even with competitors or rivals; The ability for all employees at all levels to innovate and experiment without fear of “reprisal” or marginalization. Indeed, where the culture of the organization is to reward those who think innovatively, participants saw the greatest success in adapting to solve the pressing issues the organization faces.
2. What is a dynamic external environment?
A dynamic business environment is one where the environment is constantly changing in nature. Due to the many and varied influences operating, there is dynamism in the environment causing it to continuously change its shape and character (Holdkunal September 2011).
Industries which have a dynamic environment include: Manufacturing/Technology
Learning (new things) is often painful. transformational leadership and reward and recognition. Adapting takes time – (time consuming). developing talent. a focus on achievement and contribution. Challenges in building an Adaptive Culture Adapting to change can be very painful. Strategies used by Hewlett Packard to develop an adaptive culture. the conduct of business with uncompromising integrity. 5. achievement of common objectives through teamwork. The valuing of their customers. betrayed. How can an adaptive culture help Hewlett Packard manage a dynamic environment. organization may encounter: It generates losses. 4. Employees willingly accept the change and seeks to develop new strategies for dealing with the changes as they occur. Hewlett Packard (HP) is a global organization with a corporate culture that is spread to employees around the world. encouraging innovation. Whether at HP’s Far East distribution center in Singapore or at research labs in Cupertino. Change is not easily embraced by many people. employees live by five well-established values known as “The HP Way:” These values include trust and respect for individuals. One person’s innovation can cause another person to feel incompetent. [Courtesy of Hewlett-Packard] An Adaptive Culture could help Hewlett Packard manage a dynamic environment as this type of culture facilitates responsiveness to changes in the business environment in order to gain competitive advantage. California. therefore an organization may face many challenges when it comes to building an adaptive culture. and encouragement of flexibility and innovation.3. or irrelevant. The strategy utilized by HP to develop an adaptive culture was the nurturing of a customer-centric environment. The following are some challenges the .
employees must be mobilized to meet the short-term challenges (Heifetz. and Linsky 2009). . Grashow. As such.These challenges can be eliminated by the leadership’s ability to diagnostically recognize the losses coupled with individual’s responses to change at a systemic level.
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