Organizational Culture Inventory is one of the most widely used test to measure organizational culture. The test is thoroughly researched and covers all types of organizations. It measures the attributes of culture which are related to the behavior and performance of employees.
This test will help in revealing what the employees collectively believe is expected of them and how these norms will influence employee engagement and effectiveness. Using this test will help the organization to make its employees understand of how they are expected to work and interact with others.
This will also reveal how the current norms of the organization is either supporting or interfering with problem solving and task performance. This test was developed by an American Management professor Robert A. Cooke and J. Clayton Lafferty.
This tool will give a clear evaluation of the corporate culture of the organization. The corporate culture describes the employee behavior and the behavior they expect from others within the organization. Through OCI, organizational culture can be measured and then turning it into abstract data which is easier to understand.
Based on the results, employees have a vision for the ideal culture which will help the organization to implement new strategies which are aligned with the culture. This will help in achieving goals and attaining the mission. This will guide the leaders with the information about the conversations regarding where they are now currently, where they want to be, and how they will reach there.
Organizational Culture Inventory will validate the need and requirement for transforming the culture. It will also help in enhancing the strategic implementation at the organization. It also facilitates mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The scores on this inventory also helps in addressing the barriers or enablers of agility, adaptability, and innovation.
This test will also help in evaluating the impact of cultural change. Conducting this survey again and again will help in measuring progressing and identifying where the development is happening and where there is an hinderance.
There are two forms of OCI available: OCI Standard and OCI Ideal.
OCI Standard basically measures the current culture – provides the insight into employee and manager behavior which in turn shapes current culture of the organization. Based on the analysis, the shared behavioral norms among the employees will be revealed and what is expected of them. This will help in getting a clear picture of the current corporate culture. If there is any fault or any practice in the culture which is not appreciated by the employees, managers can work on it or improve it, so that a healthy culture can be created.
OCI Ideal basically measures the ideal culture. This will give an insight that what kind of culture is suitable for achieving the overall objectives of the organization. This kind of culture includes the behavior which gives the best result or maximum productivity. The current culture can be compared to the ideal culture, so that the organization can understand the gap and work towards bridging the gap. This will help in creating a better culture.