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Creating a Values-Aligned Workplace:How to Work with Values in GrowingConsulting Firms
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Previous research implies that a common denominator for successful corporations ishaving shared values. Several research has studied the importance of leadership,communication and recruitment when working with values in organizations. However,there are no specific studies on how to work with company values in growingconsulting firms. Therefore, it is of interest to explore the organizational barriers andenablers within growing consulting firms that need to be considered to create andmaintain a desired culture based on the company values.The purpose of this study is to evaluate and analyze how growing consulting firmsshould work with company values. To determine the specific circumstances forgrowing consulting firms, the barriers and enablers for such organizations werestudied. The study was based on a case study made on a growing technology basedconsulting company. At the case study company, qualitative data was gathered throughsemi-structured interviews.The most important barriers found in this study were regarding leadership,communication, recruitment, follow-up and concretization challenges. The employeesat the case company experienced flaws in leadership and communication. Furthermore,recruitment turned out to be a big issue when growing organically. Moreover, it wasunderstood that no follow-up was made relating to the company values, which makes ithard to evaluate the organizations values-alignment. In addition, one aspect that wasidentified, that causes problems for the other aspects as well, was the importance ofconcretizing the company values. This study affirm previous research of how to workwith values. However, this study contributes by emphasizing which aspects should begiven more focus when working with values in growing consulting firms.

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2017. , p. 85
Keywords [en]
Values, Company Values, Culture, Leadership, Communication, Valuesalignment
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-214805OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-214805DiVA, id: diva2:1143427
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