What is clan culture? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Project management glossary:

A clan culture is a family-like or tribe-like type of corporate environment that emphasizes consensus and commonality of goals and values. 

Clan cultures are the most collaborative and the least competitive of the four main corporate culture models. Mentoring, employer commitment and employee engagement are thought to promote empowerment and loyalty that will drive productivity and business success. 

Critics of clan cultures, on the other hand, argue that businesses following that model can suffer from a lack of diversity. It's also argued that the emphasis on cohesiveness can stifle dissent, and that the nurturing environment can lead employees to be less productive than they would be in a more competitive culture. 

The three other common corporate culture models are:

  • Hierarchical corporate cultures, which are characterized by control and a fairly rigid and fixed organizational structure.
  • Adhocracies, which are based on the ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions.
  • Market cultures, which are corporate environments that emphasize competition.

 

This was last updated in February 2014
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • case study

    - In a business context, a case study is a documented implementation of something, such as a practice, a product or a service. An organization might deploy, for example, a new business intelligence (... (WhatIs.com)

  • IDOV methodology (identify, design, optimize, verify)

    - The IDOV methodology (Identify, Design, Optimize and Verify methodology) is a component of the Six Sigma management system intended to guide processes involved in creating a new new product, servic... (WhatIs.com)

  • quality control (QC)

    - Quality control (QC) is a procedure or set of procedures intended to ensure that a manufactured product or performed service adheres to a defined set of quality criteria or meets the requirements o... (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Project management

    - Terms related to project management, including definitions about project management methodologies and tools.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About clan culturePowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.