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.