Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument

Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument

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  • Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument

  • Instructions for completing the Organizational Culture
    Assessment Instrument (OCAI).


    The purpose of the OCAI is to assess six key dimensions of organizational
    culture. In completing the instrument, you will be providing a picture of how
    your organization operates and the values that characterize it. No right or
    wrong answers exist for these questions just as there is not right or wrong
    culture. Every organization will most likely produce a different set of responses.
    Therefore, be as accurate as you can in responding to the questions so that
    your resulting cultural diagnosis will be as precise as possible.


    You are asked to rate your organization in the questions. To determine which
    organization to rate, you will want to consider the organization that is managed
    by your boss, the strategic business unit to which you belong, or the
    organizational unit in which you are a member that has clearly identifiable
    boundaries. Because the instrument is most helpful for determining ways to
    change the culture, you’ll want to focus on the cultural unit that is the target for
    change. Therefore, as you answer the questions, keep in mind the organization
    that can be affected by the change strategy you develop.


    The OCAI consists of six questions. Each question has four alternatives. Divide
    100 points among these four alternatives depending on the extent to which each
    alternative is similar to your own organization. Give a higher number of points
    to the alternative that is most similar to your organization. For example, in
    question one, if you think alternative A is very similar to your organization,
    alternative B and C are somewhat similar, and alternative D is hardly similar at
    all, you might give 55 points to A, 20 points to B and C, and five points to D. Just be sure your total equals 100 points for each question.


    Note, that the first pass through the six questions is labeled “Now”. This refers
    to the culture, as it exists today. After you complete the “Now”, you will find the
    questions repeated under a heading of “Preferred”. Your answers to these
    questions should be based on how you would like the organization to look five
    years from now.

  • Rate this section as the culture exists today

  •   Now
    A. The organization is a very personal place. It is like an extended family. People seem to share a lot of themselves.
    B. The organization is a very dynamic entrepreneurial place. People are willing to stick their necks out and take risks.
    C. The organization is very results oriented. A major concern is with getting the job done. People are very competitive and achievement oriented.
    D. The organization is a very controlled and structured place. Formal procedures generally govern what people do.
  •   Now
    A. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify mentoring, facilitating, or nurturing.
    B. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify entrepreneurship, innovating, or risk taking.
    C. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify a no-nonsense, aggressive, results-oriented focus.
    D. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify coordinating, organizing, or smooth-running efficiency.
  •   Now
    A. The management style in the organization is characterized by teamwork, consensus, and participation.
    B. The management style in the organization is characterized by individual risk-taking, innovation, freedom, and uniqueness.
    C. The management style in the organization is characterized by hard driving competitiveness, high demands, and achievement.
    D. The management style in the organization is characterized by security of employment, conformity, predictability, and stability in relationships.
  •   Now
    A. The glue that holds the organization together is loyalty and mutual trust. Commitment to this organization runs high.
    B. The glue that holds the organization together is commitment to innovation and development. There is an emphasis on being on the cutting edge.
    C. The glue that holds the organization together is the emphasis on achievement and goal accomplishment. Aggressiveness and winning are common themes.
    D. The glue that holds the organization together is formal rules and policies. Maintaining a smooth-running organization is important.
  •   Now
    A. The organization emphasizes human development. High trust, openness, and participation persist.
    B. The organization emphasizes acquiring new resources and creating new challenges. Trying new things and prospecting for opportunities are valued.
    C. The organization emphasizes competitive actions and achievement. Hitting stretch targets and winning in the marketplace are dominant.
    D. The organization emphasizes permanence and stability. Efficiency, control and smooth operations are important.
  •   Now
    A. The organization defines success on the basis of the development of human resources, teamwork, employee commitment, and concern for people.
    B. The organization defines success on the basis of having the most unique or newest products. It is a product leader and innovator.
    C. The organization defines success on the basis of winning in the marketplace and outpacing the competition. Competitive market leadership is key.
    D. The organization defines success on the basis of efficiency. Dependable delivery, smooth scheduling, and low-cost production are critical.
  • Rate this section as you would like the culture to be in five years.

  •   Preferred
    A. The organization is a very personal place. It is like an extended family. People seem to share a lot of themselves.
    B. The organization is a very dynamic entrepreneurial place. People are willing to stick their necks out and take risks.
    C. The organization is very results oriented. A major concern is with getting the job done. People are very competitive and achievement oriented.
    D. The organization is a very controlled and structured place. Formal procedures generally govern what people do.
  •   Preferred
    A. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify mentoring, facilitating, or nurturing.
    B. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify entrepreneurship, innovating, or risk taking.
    C. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify a no-nonsense, aggressive, results-oriented focus.
    D. The leadership in the organization is generally considered to exemplify coordinating, organizing, or smooth-running efficiency.
  •   Preferred
    A. The management style in the organization is characterized by teamwork, consensus, and participation.
    B. The management style in the organization is characterized by individual risk-taking, innovation, freedom, and uniqueness.
    C. The management style in the organization is characterized by hard-driving competitiveness, high demands, and achievement.
    D. The management style in the organization is characterized by security of employment, conformity, predictability, and stability in relationships.
  •   Preferred
    A. The glue that holds the organization together is loyalty and mutual trust. Commitment to this organization runs high.
    B. The glue that holds the organization together is commitment to innovation and
    development. There is an emphasis on being on the cutting edge.
    C. The glue that holds the organization together is the emphasis on achievement and goal accomplishment. Aggressiveness and winning are common themes.
    D. The glue that holds the organization together is formal rules and policies.
    Maintaining a smooth-running organization is important.
  •   Preferred
    A. The organization emphasizes human development. High trust, openness, and participation persist.
    B. The organization emphasizes acquiring new resources and creating new challenges. Trying new things and prospecting for opportunities are valued.
    C. The organization emphasizes competitive actions and achievement. Hitting stretch targets and winning in the marketplace are dominant.
    D. The organization emphasizes permanence and stability. Efficiency, control and smooth operations are important.
  •   Preferred
    A. The organization defines success on the basis of the development of human resources, teamwork, employee commitment, and concern for people.
    B. The organization defines success on the basis of having the most unique or newest products. It is a product leader and innovator.
    C. The organization defines success on the basis of winning in the marketplace and outpacing the competition. Competitive market leadership is key.
    D. The organization defines success on the basis of efficiency. Dependable delivery, smooth scheduling and low-cost production are critical.
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