Daniel R. Denison: Corporate Culture Teacher, Scholar, and Consultant

  • Levi R. G. Nieminen
  • Robert Hooijberg
  • Lindsey Kotrba
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Abstract

Daniel R. Denison’s career sets a high bar for the impact a scholar-practitioner can have through his or her work. As a teacher, scholar, and consultant on the topics of organizational culture and leadership, his contributions have shaped our current understanding and practices for how to measure corporate culture and “bring it to the bottom line” of business performance. His work has gone a long way to push the study of organizational cultures beyond the ivory towers and equip business leaders with the tools and insights needed to make a real difference in the organizations they lead.

Keywords

Organizational culture Corporate culture Leadership development Culture survey Culture measurement Organizational climate 

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Further Reading

  1. Dan’s writing on organizational culture has spanned a number of topics including the measurement of culture, the linkage between culture and business performance, and corporate case studies on culture change in global organizations. Interested readers should consider the following books and articles as essential to further understanding Dan’s work and perspective:Google Scholar
  2. Denison, D. (1990). Corporate culture and organizational effectiveness. New York: Wiley.Google Scholar
  3. Denison, D. (1996). What is the difference between organizational culture and organizational climate? A native’s point of view on a decade of paradigm wars. Academy of Management Review, 21, 619–654.Google Scholar
  4. Denison, D., & Mishra, A. (1995). Toward a theory of organizational culture and effectiveness. Organizational Science, 6, 204–223.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Denison, D. R., & Spreitzer, G. (1991). Organizational culture and organizational development: A competing values approach. Research in Organizational Change and Development, 5, 1–21.Google Scholar
  6. Denison, D. R., Lief, C., & Ward, J. L. (2004). Culture in family-owned enterprises: Recognizing and leveraging unique strengths. Family Business Review, 17, 61–70.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Denison, D. R., Hooijberg, R., Lane, N., & Lief, C. (2012). Leading culture change in global organizations: Aligning culture and strategy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
  8. Denison, D. R., Nieminen, L. R., & Kotrba, L. (2014). Diagnosing organizational cultures: A conceptual and empirical review of culture effectiveness surveys. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23, 145–161.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Levi R. G. Nieminen
    • 1
  • Robert Hooijberg
    • 2
  • Lindsey Kotrba
    • 1
  1. 1.Denison Consulting, LLCAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.IMD Business SchoolLausanneSwitzerland

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