A company with a distinctive organization culture is the Lincoln Electric Company. This company manufactures welding equipment. It is located near Cleveland, Ohio USA. It is considered to be one of the best managed manufacturing companies in the world.
Read the Lincoln Electric Company Harvard Case Study by Arthur Sharplin, which you can download here.
Read and analyze the case study. In your analysis use the framework from chapter eight of the textbook to discern aspects of the company’s culture. First, look at the continuing influence of the founders of the company. Then look at the golden rule, the incentive management plan, the performance appraisal system, the way people communicate in the company, the meritpay plan, the bonus plan, and the management style. By analyzing these features you will get an idea of the culture of the company.
Write a three page (double-spaced) case analysis that summarizes your understanding of the culture of the Lincoln Electric Company.