Dimensions are the level of stability and flexibility

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dimensions are: the level of stability and flexibility and also the measurement of internal and external strategic focus. Whole Foods currently operates under a clan type of culture where cooperation, consideration, agreement, fairness and social equality exists. The culture is a caring culture in
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which all team members work as a family toward the same goals. Under the clan culture Whole Foods places an importance on meeting the needs of internal members. Whole Foods is a friendly place to work for and company employees are treated like family members. The organic/natural foods company does not like for statuses to be evident instead all members are on the same level. The current clan culture at Whole Foods has both flexibility and an internal focus. Whole Food would benefit from transforming into an adaptability type of culture where the organization values creativity, experimentation, risk-taking, autonomy, and responsiveness. The organization needs to continue being flexible but move toward an external focus by which external conditions such as the economy and growing competition can be included in strategic decisions. The adaptability culture encourages the organizations ability to interpret environmental changes and convert those signals into new ways of company behaviors. Under this type of culture employees at Whole Food would be empowered to make decisions and be responsive to customer needs. Company leaders would also reward and encourage employees to be creative, experiment with new ideas, and take risks. These actions would help the leader establish and encourage constant change. The main advantage of switching to an adaptive type of culture is that this cultural change will help Whole Foods keep its current customer service excellence while also being more externally responsive to growing competition and other external variables. Whole Foods needs this type of outlook in order to be better prepared for future economic downturns. Forces Driving the Need for Major Organizational Change (Leading Change) The forces driving the need for major organizational change help identify what is causing Whole Foods to consider reorganizing its current culture. There has been a large increase in
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competition and changing markets due to the economic recession during 2008-2009. These and other forces have forced change among the strategy used at Whole Foods. The two prominent forces affecting Whole Foods at the moment are the increased threats and opportunities that have arose. Whole Foods faces competition both domestically and internationally. The organization was at one time the only organic/natural food supplier but later other small stores began selling their own natural/organic foods. There are a growing number of opportunities into bigger markets. There are fewer barriers in the market which allow other companies to rise and grow into a large organization. There are also more international markets that are looking to grow and become competition. These two forces will help lead Whole Foods toward more large-scale
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