You Ask, I Answer_ Corporate Culture and Digital Transformation

Aaron asks, “How do you think culture fits into the people / process / technology framework?”

People / process / platform, a derivative of HJ Leavitt’s 1964 Diamond of Change Management, is itself a subset of culture. In this video, learn Dr. Rick Robinson’s AEIOU framework of ethnographic measurement, and learn how corporate values layer on top of that. Finally, you’ll learn why an awful lot of digital transformation projects fail miserably.

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In today’s episode, Aaron asks, I liked the treatment on people process and technology I want to hear would love to hear how you think culture fits into people for us and technology. That’s

a really good question.

People process technology,

which is love. It’s 1964 framework. The diamond of productivity, I think

was a focus on organizational behavior, how do you get what are the key components that that make an organization successful, and over time it morphed into people process technology or people process platform is the way today’s consulting firms look at it. When you think about it, that’s

a subset of

what we would call an ethnographic framework, right? So in Naga fee, which is study of people, study of cultures,

there are a whole bunch of different frameworks that exists that are exists for the purpose of helping a photographer’s quantify, or at least categorize the unique components of a culture. What is it that makes German culture different from Austrian culture? What is it that makes Swedish culture different than Finnish culture? What is it what is it that makes a Indian culture, different Pakistani culture and

the dimensions of ethnography frameworks vary wildly, depending on who’s framework you’re using. One of the more well known ones invented in 1991 by Dr. Rick Robinson is the IOU framework, which stands for activities,

which are things people do environments, which is where people are interactions between people and things and stuff. And other people objects, which are things

like stuff that they have, and then the users, the people themselves, so you can see how people process platform can come out of something like the framework because the the users, other people, the processes are in many ways, the activity

is just a much more narrow

set, because instead of trying to understand the overall tribal culture, you’re trying to understand just the things people do within a very specific context. And then platform or technology

are sort of those objects, if you will,

we look at it from that perspective than using an ethnographic framework to explain culture and then see how culture and people process platform interact is pretty eye opening.

From that perspective, people process platform is a subset of culture, because culture is the, the bigger ethnographic framework. And so you can’t,

you can’t have this productivity matrix or this transformation matrix of people process platform

in a bad culture,

right. So think about the things that are not included in people process platform, right, it is the environment and it is those interactions between people and the environment and the objects

from a

when you think about an organizational cultural perspective within the Office, if the environment sucks, if the place itself is terrible, at the shared spaces are terrible, if the way people interact with places bad,

you’re not going people are going to have reduced interactions with their environment.

And then there’s another layer on top of

even this ethnographic framework, which is more of a medical journal thing. Harvard Business Review calls those sort of the dr. john Coleman said that its thing vision values, and there’s a third v what it is, but it is those guiding principles that overall dictate how

an organization will behave,

vision, value, customs, traditions, that’s what it is,

what are the customers were the traditions what what is the purpose of the organization, which is the vision and and what are the core values that dictate how the organization works. So think about, you have this metal layer of overall, just call it the values layer, because that, you know, vision as vision and values should be essential, we integrate in whether or not things are really broken, then you have the ethnographic descriptor layer to quantify the culture. And at the very bottom, a tiny subset of this

is people process platform.

So what does that mean? What do you what do you do with this information? Well, if you’re struggling to get something to work, if you’re struggling, for example, use today’s buzzword, a digital transformation project, right?

You’re trying to affect people process and platform. But if

you have not

quantified, categorized and evaluated the the elements of culture, the AI or you, then anything you do in the people process platform is going to be very limited. Because you’re, you’re not able to change some of the other controlling factors that influence that. And then on top of that is vision values, customs traditions, and that

if those are bad, nothing else matters. If that was a bad, it, whatever you do, is going to blow stop with just gonna blow up.

So real simple example. Suppose that

one of the values of the organization is maximizing shareholder value, which occurs in far too many corporate mission statements. Maximizing shareholder value implicitly then says that everything else is less valuable than shareholder value. So employee happiness,

productivity, innovation, all those things, none of those things

are in a formula to maximize your whole value. Whereas things like you know, net margins, reduced costs, etc,

in those values, then trickle down to the IU because it dictates what activities you can have, it dictates the environment that you’re in, you know, if a company is hell bent on cost cutting, guess what you’re going to be working with the crowd office furniture, you’re going to be in the dangerous workplace,

you’re going to have the cheapest possible computers

and so that that in turn impacts the interactions people have with their environment. It reduces the objects and the quality objects in the environment. And ultimately, if you are so focused on cost reduction, as as a tenant of that maximizing shareholder value, you’re going to make bad hires, you’re going to make the the hires that you can afford, rather than the hires that you need, the people that you need to bring something to life. And so people process platform falls apart, right? You don’t have the right people, the processes are degraded. And the platform is this cheapest, the cheapest one available. And so

something like an imperative like innovation, which, by the way to build long term shareholder value,

innovation falls apart, or innovation is not present

and no one prioritize it.

So the very wandering answer to how culture fits into people, for us as platform culture, medical culture, and values dictate the the actual culture, the actual culture dictates the people process platform. And if you don’t have the values and the vision and the culture is in this region, and the customs and traditions set up

front and lived by every employee, from the new intern to the CEO,

it all falls apart. So

I would suggest if you want Further reading on this,

dig into ethnography and, and the it’s part of anthropology, it’s this it’s the study of people and cultures and how these things work because you can come up with a ton of really interesting ideas about how to measure culture and then how to improve it. So it’s called ethnography. It’s it’s a wide ranging academic field of study. That’s, that’s fascinating. Thanks for the question. And as always, please start grab to the YouTube channel and the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care what help solving your company’s data

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