Information Technology and Corporate Culture: Linking Them for Success

Mostafa-Sayyadi Information Technology and Corporate Culture: Linking Them for Success
Mostafa Sayyadi works with senior business leaders to effectively develop innovation in companies, and helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders. He is a business book author and a long-time contributor to, People + Strategy and Consulting Magazine and his work has been featured in these top-flight business publications

Executives focus on individuals as the major source of knowledge, and show how follower’s ties together so that they can affect the sharing, storage, transfer, and apply knowledge within organizations. Executives, therefore, see these connections, and the related shared knowledge and memory, as central to the effectiveness of corporate culture. Executives know that information technology through sharing individual knowledge around the organizations can positively contribute to corporate culture. Therefore, executives should build an atmosphere of trust and openness and use information technology to convert individual knowledge into valuable resources for their organization to close the performance gap and help organizations prosper. The key is for executives to implement information technology within organizations so that information can be found and used instantaneously. Information technology enables organizations to promote the depth and range of knowledge access and sharing within companies.

Corporate culture is enhanced though providing further opportunities and information sharing. Executives can enhance knowledge sharing by providing access to knowledge, and stimulate new ideas and knowledge generation, transfer an individual’s knowledge to other members and departments, and improve knowledge capturing, storing, and accumulating, aiming at achieving organizational goals. Executives that employ information technology can propel knowledge sharing in the company to generate more innovative ideas and solutions for new and demanding issues that come up constantly in our hypercompetitive economic environment. In doing this, executives can employ information technology though sharing experiences gained by imitating, observing and practicing. Executives that use information technology have found that it builds a strong corporate culture through facilitating knowledge sharing throughout all levels of the organization. Information technology focuses on defining and recognizing core knowledge areas, sharing organizational knowledge, and scanning for new knowledge to keep the quality of their product or services continuously improving. Therefore, information technology is an essential requirement of corporate culture by which knowledge is shared among people.

Furthermore, executives that employ information technology can effectively network with more successful competitors by using sharing culture to share successes to build alliances and not only enhance competition but communicate best practices as a way of keeping the highest standard of operation in the industry and being the go-to organization for successful modeling of customer service and employee satisfaction. However, executives may lack the required technological infrastructures to interact with other organizations or distrust sharing their knowledge. Executives are, therefore, clearly the right focal point for developing networking with environmental components by adopting information technology to develop relationships and interactions. They key here is to inspire their organizations as a whole to develop networking with more effective enterprises through employing information technology directed at connecting knowledge with other companies. Executives are finding that information technology creates a shared understanding about problems which can develop an effective corporate culture that enhances the knowledge sharing process.  Through the implementation of information technology, executives could build a climate inspiring followers to share their knowledge, and facilitate the knowledge sharing process. Thus, executives can apply information technology to enhance knowledge sharing among human capital and stipulate knowledge to be shared around the organization and with other companies.

In Conclusion, executives can now take a new view toward managerial decision-making and leading – information technology and corporate culture. I have identified how information technology influences corporate culture and how both major concepts can impact business success. A major concern of global leaders today. Corporate culture is essential for business growth and prosperity while technology, if not embraced can lead to operational risk.