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Strategic Knowledge Management and Innovative Culture at 3M

   

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CULTURE AND ORGANIZATION3M CREATES INNOVATIVE ORGANIZATION CULTURE
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1ContentsOrganization’s background and its environment.............................................................................2Introduction to the focus..................................................................................................................3Argument on theoretical frameworks..............................................................................................5Hofstede cultural dimension.....................................................................................................5Edgar Schein’s cultural model..................................................................................................5Chosen theoretical framework for analyzing the culture of an organization...................................7Artifacts and creation................................................................................................................7Values and beliefs.......................................................................................................................8Basic assumption........................................................................................................................9Analysis of innovative culture of 3M by using the framework of Schein.......................................9Artifacts and creation..............................................................................................................10Values and beliefs.....................................................................................................................11Basic assumption......................................................................................................................12Conclusion.....................................................................................................................................13Recommendation...........................................................................................................................13REFERENCES..............................................................................................................................15
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2Organization’s background and its environment The 3M Technology is the organization which offers the services of innovative products to the communities and the customers. The organization is committed in order to make the lives of the customers better and easier. Further, the company offers the services in the various sectors like retail, health care, construction, industrial, mining, chemicals and the transportation (3M Global Gateway. 2012). The company was established 50 years ago in Singapore. Initially, the organization had around 8 employees only, but at present, it has 1700 employees along with the well- developed capabilities. The organization is having two plants of manufacturing in Singapore i.e. Tuas and Woodlands. The organization is an American corporation of multi-national conglomerate which is based in Minnesota and was established in 1902. Further, the mission statement of the organization for innovation is to improve the lives of people by offeringinnovation in community, education and the environment. The vision statement of the organization i.e. 3M for innovation is advancing the operational activities of each company by offering the innovative products, enhancing homes of the customers by their products and providing great innovation in order to improve the lives of the customers to every possible extent. Some of the failures which the 3M faced were they used various policies which were actually daunting the entrepreneurship, and as a result, it affected the functioning. Moreover, the 3M usedvarious mechanisms like 15 percent and 25 percent rule in order to innovate but still not able to get expected results also the 3M took late decisions in order to acquire with other brands. The 3M adopted six sigma technique to overcome the failures, but it adversely affected the culture and the operations of the organization. At present, the 3M focuses on the knowledge
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3management, and it has the involvement of complete organization, and it also uses various improved techniques for innovation like six sigma, total quality management, etc. and because ofthis 3M has become the powerhouse which has annual sales around $25 billion and the line of product in 50, 000 in depth and it is ruling the world through its innovation.Introduction to the focusThe focus is mainly on the innovation of the 3M because I want to understand that how the organization has created innovation in the culture of the 3M along with the high-quality production of the products and services which lead to maximization of profitability. Further, the organization did various activities in order to bring the innovation like the 3M invested highly in research and development, the 3M adopted the technique of six sigma for the creation of innovate culture, used the metrics to measure the innovation, the 3M used the form of structural innovation which included the improvised rule of 15 percent. Moreover, the 3M has received various awards for its performance and the innovative culture. Recently, the Plant of 3M in Minnesota was awarded the excellence of safe in sound in the prevention of loss hearing award, 2012. Also, the division of security system of 3M received the performance award of HP image in 2012. Further, the organization was ranked as number 18 on the list of most esteemed companies by the magazine of Fortune, 2012. The prestigious awards which have been received by the 3M stated that the organization was among the top 50 companies in the industry. Further, the competitors of the 3M are GE (General Electric), Tyco International and the companies of Carlisle. The 3M gives tough competition to its rivals by continuously creating innovation in the culture of the organization along with the innovation in production (Bailey, B. M., & Bruner, M. W. 2015). Also, the 3M believes in motivating employees and involving them in the process of
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