Five Monkeys Case Study

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1. Does the Five Monkeys analogy make sense to you? If so then describe an instance from your personal experience that typifies the Five Monkeys situation.
The Five Monkeys analogy reflects corporate culture in that the monkeys held shared values, basic assumptions, and beliefs, which together affected their behavior. I have seen an example of this effect, in my previous workplace where I was a cashier and frequently was in charge of the self-checkout process. I worked at two different Fry’s Stores in two different cities. There were two touch screen monitors that were the controllers of all the self-checkout machines. Then, we were introduced to a handled device that ultimate had the same features but, of course, it was portable and we were
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In both cases it is an invisible force that makes you to do things a certain way and because it is invisible it is uncertain why it is done that way. In the Five Monkeys example, we could say that the stories, events, and the informal policy changed the monkey’s actions, or idea of how they would complete the mission. The first monkeys experience began the story of what occurred when attempting to grab the bananas. They then shared their story, since they did not keep quiet, instead they beat the next monkey who attempted to do the same, they did something to communicate that it was not to be done. This event became an informal policy in which the last monkey knew there was a rule to not grab the bananas, even though it did not know why because it did not personally experience getting wet. They began adapting without even noticing; this was mentioned in the video with speaker Dr. Linda Ford, regarding corporate culture. Furthermore, this video made the point that those stories, events, and policies created in a certain setting, would be manipulated to become strategical and strengthen the …show more content…
Assessing the existing culture is important in deciding what strategy to implement because the strengths and weaknesses of them team can indicate the opportunities and strengths of a strategy. Additionally, you can consider what will work and the likely effects of the decision. “A productive yet competing culture can prove to be threatening to organization’s wellbeing as it can affect the decision makers and limit the alternatives voluntarily or involuntarily” (Academia.edu). Also, The culture will affect how you implement the strategy, for example, how the leader should behave, the business processes required, and how the human resources systems will be redefined.
“Companies recognize that corporate culture can set them apart from competitors” (Kluyver and Pearce II, 2012, p.28). UPS is a company that adheres the importance of corporate culture and uses its resources to align the employees with the established priorities for retaining competitive advantage.
4. It is commonly understood that organizational culture changes slowly (perhaps as long as five years to achieve meaningful change). Would you consider a strategy that would require cultural change in order to be successful?

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