Culture-Strategy-Execution "Oneness": A How-To Guide

7 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018 Last revised: 15 Feb 2019

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Ming-Jer Chen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Yi Ping Chan

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Charles Tucker

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

The culture-strategy-execution framework, known as the Trio Model, offers organizations a powerful, adaptive approach to navigating today's complicated global issues. By considering culture as an integral part of strategic thinking, executives and practitioners adopting the model can take a holistic approach to solving practical problems.

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UVA-S-0305

Rev. Feb. 14, 2019

Culture-Strategy-Execution “Oneness”: A How-To Guide

For decades, strategy and execution tactics taught by Western business schools have, for the most part, worked well for Western companies. As the world has become increasingly interconnected, however, and organizations encounter new customs, philosophies, and local practices, a two-dimensional focus is not sufficient to serve the competitive needs of many firms. Executives and business practitioners who integrate a third component, culture, into their thinking take a holistic approach to strategy planning and implementation.

The culture-strategy-execution (C-S-E) Oneness Model (see Figure 1) is a powerful, adaptive framework for strategic management in today's complex global environment. This how-to guide explains the rationales of the model and lays out a system of processes for incorporating each of the model's components. It offers tools and specific steps for systematically collecting and analyzing data, articulating insights, and developing a practical, results-oriented plan for integrating culture, strategy, and execution. The guide includes a case study that demonstrates how the model can enable managers to differentiate their company's competitive advantages for sustained success.

The three elements of the C-S-E Oneness Model (Figure 1) function as an interdependent process: culture entails understanding and adapting to national, organizational, local, and individual beliefs and practices; strategy focuses on the “power of one,” or believing in and doing one thing exceptionally well; and execution requires persistence in carrying out the company strategy to an end that achieves the desired results.

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Keywords: culture, strategy, execution

Suggested Citation

Chen, Ming-Jer and Chan, Yi Ping and Tucker, Charles, Culture-Strategy-Execution "Oneness": A How-To Guide. Darden Case No. UVA-S-0305. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3291197

Ming-Jer Chen (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Yi Ping Chan

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Charles Tucker

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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