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Which type (or types) of organizational culture do you think are dominant at IKEA?

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Innovation at IKEA

Redecorating And renovating have become popular international pastime. In a facing persistent terrorist alerts and lagging economies: more more people Are opting to stay home and make their homes This phenomenon has contributed tremendously to the success of IKEA, the Suedish home furniture giant. In monetary terms alone. that success measured by sales for the fiscal ending m 2016 totaling 28.S billion euros—that’s A lot of furniture:

Much of IKEAs success can be Attributed to its founder, Ingvar KAmprAd Kamprad used graduation money to start IKEA in the small Swedish village where he            born. He started off selling belt buckles _ pens. and Matches—whAte3er residents in the small Iceal village of Agunnaryd needed. Eventually KAmprAd moved on to selling furniture. One day in 1952 , while stuggling to fit A large table m A small car, one of Kamprad ‘s employees came up with the idea that changed the furniture industry forever—he decided to remove the legs. IKEA’s flat-pack and self-assembly methodology             born. And it rocketed the company past the competition. “After that [table) tllou•ed A whole senes of other self-assembled furniture:

and by 1956 the concept v.’as more or Len systematized:” writes KAmprAd_

Kamprad resigned from his role at IKEA in 2013, and for the se•ænty years he sened at IKEA he was dedicated to maintaining the corporate culture he helped define since the company ‘s founding in 1943 Despite fabulous vealth he continues to be a simple and frugal man—his idea of a luxury vacation is riding his bike. He LS fiercely cost conscious even frough his personal uealth has been estimated in the billions. he refuses to fly first class. He values human interaction all,        e’.en though retiled: he still visits IKEA stores regularly to keep tabs on what is going on where the business really happens

 

The culture At IKEA is A culture closely connected with Kampra&G Simple Suedish farm rcn’tG. It is A culture that strives “to create A better everyday for the many people. ‘ ‘ IKEA supports this culture by

  Hiring co-v.orkers (IKEA prefers the Mord co-workgrs to employgss) who are supportive and M,ork            in teams

  Expecång co-workers to Look for innovative, better                of doing things in every Aspect of their M•ork

  Respecting co-workers ard their views

  Establishing mutual objectives And working tirelessly to realize them

  NIAkmg cost consciousness part of everyåing they do from improving processes for production to purchasing wisely to traveling cost-effectively

  Avoiding complicated solutions—simplicity is strong part of the IKEA culture

  Leading by example, so IKEA leaders are expected to pitch in when needed and to create A good working environment

  Believing that A diverse v.orkforce stengthens the company 03eraII

The culture At IKEA is A culture closely connected with Kampra&G simple Suedish farm rcn’tG. It is A culture that strives “to create A better everyday for the many people. ‘ ‘ IKEA supports this culture by

  Hiring co-v.orkers (IKEA prefers the Mord co-workgrs to employgss) who are supportive and M,ork          in teams

  Expecång co-workers to Look for innovative, better                of doing things in every Aspect of their M•ork

  Respecting co-workers ard their views

  Establishing mutual objectives And working tirelessly to realize them

  NIAkmg cost consciousness part of everyåing they do from improving processes for production to purchasing wisely to traveling cost-effectively

  Avoiding complicated solutions—simplicity is strong part of the IKEA culture

  Leading by example, so IKEA leaders are expected to pitch in when needed and to create A good working environment

  Believing that A diverse v.orkforce stengthens the company 03eraII

WIIAt is it like to M•ork At IKEA? Here’s how some IKEA employees describe the experience:                               

‘It’s About mcving; we don’t need to run faster but to find better ways; smarter ways to do it. “

  “If you want to be A superstar or cme-man show, this isn’t the place to come and do that. “

‘This isn’t place to Merk for the faint-at-heart. “

  ‘ ‘You need to be down to earth and know why you want to make A career within IKEA “

Does that sound like an organization you’ d Like to be part of? The IKEA culture is one that resonates many. The buildings Are easy to identify—ffe giant blue ard gold warehouses that resemble 03ersized SvediGh flags are hard to miss _

Millions of customers browse thxcragh the Klippan sofas And Palbo footstools (Nordic names are given to all IKEA products) in the stark. dimly Lit warehouses. The surroundings may not be lavish and the service may be minimal, but custonzrs keep going back not just for the bargains but to expenence the IKEA culture

I _ ‘”Ilich type (or types) of organizational culture do you think are dominant at IKEA?

2 Consider S chein:s four key organizational culture factors AS described in Highlight 13.6@ . What examples can you identify within the IKEA organizauon that contribute to the company ‘ s strong corporate culture?

S _ Do you think IKEA’s distinctive culture will continue to be A competitive advantage in the years to come? If so: what do you think are ways it can be sustained and reinforced?

 

Answer All three questions on p. 542:
Which type (or types) of organizational culture do you think are dominant at IKEA?
Consider Schein’s four key organizational culture factors as described in Highlight 13.6. What examples can you identify within the IKEA organization that contribute to the company’s strong corporate culture?
Do you think IKEA’s distinctive culture will continue to be a competitive advantage in the years to come? If so, what do you think are ways it can be sustained and reinforced?


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