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Nobel Prize in Work Culture

lagt inn 5. des. 2014, 04:59 av Joy Buikema Fjærtoft   [ oppdatert 5. des. 2014, 05:52 ]
Indeed exciting that psychologists May Britt and Edvard Moser are soon to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Especially interesting is the emphasis they place on work environment and internal culture in their multicultural research group. I have previously used their shining example in seminars for research groups, and called their work "Nobel prize material", so it is quite intriguing that this was in fact the case. Working on organizational culture pays off! One of their post doc students is quoted as saying, "If there were a Nobel Prize for the best workplace, I think they would have won that, too!"

What specifically do they emphasize, how does it relate to organizational culture and what can we learn from this for multicultural teams? The following interview gives several insights:
http://www.ledelse.as/ukeavisen/2014/23/hadde-ikke-rotter-engang. Summarized, their ambition has been "to be world-leaders not only when it comes to research in our field, but also when it comes to animal welfare and the work environment for our people." On classic cultural dimensions this work environment or culture can be described as more egalitarian than hierarchical, more team-oriented than individualistic, and strongly perfomance-oriented. Their underlying philosophy is found in the statement "We can’t deliver excellent research without an environment where everyone dares to contribute". The norms they accentuate to accomplish this are:

 0-tolerance for arrogance and ridicule
• There is no such thing as a stupid question.
All input shall receive a positive response.
No one shall sit alone and feel overlooked.
When recruiting, social skills are as important as scientific ones.

Not all research groups or other teams have this kind of culture, believe me. But it can be developed! For more info see Organizational CultureCross-Cultural Skills and Creativity and Innovation.