Case Incident: GOOGLE AND P&G SWAP EMPLOYEES
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1. Do you think the employee swap between Google and P&G is a good idea for all companies? Why or why not? Why do so few companies do this?
Ans. I don’t think the employee swap between Google and P&G is good idea for all companies. It may be a good idea between companies which have difference in there Organizational Culture and need of other organization to achieve some sort of goal. Swap of the employee between companies should benefit both companies. If the employees are swapped between companies without mutual benefit for just learning organizational culture, may not allow employee to learn other organizational culture without serving the other organization. Swapping the employees between similar type of organization may reduce competitive advantage between those companies, so very few companies only do this.
2. One of the reason P&G and Google agreed to the swap was to transmit the best aspects of the other company’s culture to their own. Drawing from this chapter, describe how culture might be transmitted in such swaps.
Ans. The culture is transmitted to employee in a number of forms, the most important being stories, rituals, material symbols, and language.
Stories : “Stories circulate through many organizations. They typically contain a narrative of events about the organization’s founders, rule breaking, rag-to-riches successes, reductions in the workforce, relocation of employees, reactions to past mistakes, and organizational coping. These stories anchor the present in the past and explain and legitimate current practices.”
Rituals: Repetitive sequences of activities that express and reinforce the key values of the organization, which goals are most important, which people are important, and which are expendable.
Material Symbols : What conveys to employees who is important, the degree of egalitarianism top management desires, and kinds of behavior that are appropriate.
Language : “Many organizations and subunits within them use languages to help members identify with the culture, attest to their acceptance of it, and help preserver it. Unique terms describe equipment, officers, key individuals, suppliers, customers, or products that related to the business.
3. Which culture– Google’s or P&G –do you think would fit you best? Why?
Ans. Organizational Culture of P&G is notoriously controlled, disciplined, scalable, and rigid. Organizational Culture of Google’s is just as famous for its laid-back, unstandardized, free-flowing culture. Both are different organizations with different culture with fits for they business style. Its like reaching final destination success via two different routs P&G or Google. I personally feel organizational culture of Google will fit best for me as it has laid-back, unstandardized, free-flowing culture. Free-flowing culture allows me to socialize me well with organization.
4. Would you enjoy an employee swap with a company with a very different culture? Why or why not?
Ans. Yes I would enjoy an employee swap with a company with a very different culture. By exposing both companies employees to a culture that emphasizes innovation, but in a wholly different way, each company can push their own innovations even further. Both companies can learn how to utilize other company and improve their organization.
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