In February 2018, Harvard Law Review defined corporate culture as the tacit social order of an organisation, which shapes attitudes and behaviours.
So what is co-operative culture? Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, says: “If you ask people to think of a time when their co-op was at its very best, the answers are typically about co-op culture – how people pulled together, achieved something ambitious, took care of those in need. All of these reflect behaviour, attitudes and beliefs – and this is what we mean by co-op culture.”
Mr Mayo thinks there is no one identity across organisations, but multiple personalities influenced by factors such as environment, colleagues and the nature of a co-op’s work. “What ties us all together are the underlying co-op values and principles,” he adds.
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