Culture is not an object to be designed and built, despite contemporary efforts to the contrary. Culture is the outgrowth of the independent interactions and decisions of those living within the culture, while efforts to ‘build stronger culture’ in business is a form of coercion or propaganda, intended to impose or justify selected norms. Work culture is bottom up, while company cultures are top-down. As a result work culture is persistent, while company culture falls apart without constant monitoring and manipulation. Work culture is rooted outside any specific company, and represents the shared beliefs and common principles of the community of working people at large, and people bring work culture with them as them move from company to company.

Stowe Boyd