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Will Google loose its innovative organizational culture as it grows? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
April 30, 2007, 4:49 pm
Filed under: If you only have 15 mins, Management

Google has grown hugely in the last few years, and is struggling to keep its organizational culture of innovative, team based, flat, non-hierarchical decision making that is focussed on its engineering teams as it grows. A year ago, they hired Stacy Savides Sullivan to be their “chief culture officer” (she is also their director of human resources). Sullivan says: “I work with employees around the world to figure out ways to maintain and enhance and develop our culture and how to keep the core values we had in the very beginning — a flat organisation, a lack of hierarchy, a collaborative environment — to keep these as we continue to grow and spread them and filtrate them into our new offices around the world“. Hmmm…. sounds familiar? Read the interview here and find out the strategies that Google is using to hang on to it’s soul.

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