Women and men seek a similar corporate culture
- What type of corporate culture do women really want? An indepth look found that, generally speaking, women pretty much want the same thing that men do – "cultures that foster community over solo achievement, that act more like a family and less like a business," according to Forbes.
Author Andrea Simon, principal and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants, writes that as a "corporate anthropologist," she decided she wanted to find out what kind of culture women really want and how it differs from their male counterparts. After looking deep into the research, she found that males and females tend to both favor a strong "Clan culture" featuring collaboration, teamwork and a focus on people.
One small difference, Simon writes, is that women prefer collaboration somewhat more than men, but women and men shared their preference for an "innovative, empowering and visionary Ad Hoc culture."
Something neither gender wanted was additional processes, rules or controls, necessary evils in most workplaces. In Simon's research, a "market culture," which focuses on competition and results, finished dead last among the four culture models (clan, hierarchy, ad hoc and market).
In the end, Simon writes that men and women are in agreement: they want a different corporate culture with "new values, beliefs and behaviors," empowering them to reach business results, but in a much more collaborative way.