Many years ago the late business management guru, Peter Drucker, purportedly said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
While there is still debate as to whether Drucker actually said the line or not, it was attributed to him by Mark Fields in 2006, and he later became the chief executive of the Ford Motor Company.
At the time Drucker probably made this statement there was a lot of talk about business strategy in the Ivy League business schools.
His point was well taken that you should never neglect culture.
However, as the authors Boris Groysberg, Jeremiah Lee, Jesse Price and J. Yo-Jud Cheng, of the recent Harvard Business Review article on The Leader’s Guide to Corporate Culture, point out, a strong organizational culture can be detrimental when misaligned with strategy. (more…)