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Do Corporate Cultures Change?

by Jodee Hale-Schmid

August 5, 2010

Authored by:  Chuck Schardong, Senior Consultant, Utopia, Inc.

I’ve been a professional in the data quality, data integration, and data migration software and services industry for many years. As such, I’ve worked with all kinds of corporations in all kinds of industries from all over the world.

In my experiences, no two corporate cultures are the same. As you can image, some organizations/departments are easier to work with than others and I feel honored that I have represented solid companies offering solid solutions over the years. Fortunately, I’ve only had a few bad experiences to show for it.

I was recently asked to work on a project for an organization that I have a long storied history with. This organization has always been demanding with high expectations. That in its self never bothered me. However, when displeased with a particular software provider, this organization never bluffed as they would simply toss out the incumbent the first chance they got.

I’m sure it isn’t a stated policy. And I’m not stating whether that is a good or a bad strategy. It has si mply been their corporate culture.

Having the opportunity to reacquaint myself with this one particular organization, what should I expect all these years later? It made me wonder whether corporate cultures change. In my case, there’s only one way to find out!

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