Assessing the impact of organizational culture on achieving business excellence with a moderating role of ICT: An SEM approach

Rassel Kassem, Mian Ajmal, Angappa Gunasekaran, Petri Helo

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discover the impact of different dimensions of organizational culture (mission culture, adaptability culture, involvement culture and consistency culture) on business excellence results criteria (customer results, people results, society results and business results) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and explore the moderating role of information and communication technology (ICT) use in both service and manufacturing industries. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected by questionnaire from 448 managers in nine companies that have won the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in the last three years. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the data. Findings: Organizational culture is significantly related to business excellence. However, these effects varied for different business excellence criteria. Three organizational culture types had a significant positive role in achieving excellent customer-related results. All four types of organizational culture had a positive role in achieving excellent people-related results. Only two culture types had significant role in achieving excellent society-related results. Business results were positively related to a balance between the four types of organizational culture. ICT use moderated the relationship between organizational culture and results related to customers, people and business, but not society. Research limitations/implications: This study had some conceptual limitations. In particular, it considered the organizational culture as four types in the research model, but without structuring the indices under each type. It also had some methodological limitations. It was cross-sectional and used a self-administered questionnaire, which means that no causal relationships can be implied, and there may have been some bias in responding. Originality/value: This is one of the first studies that investigate the relationship between organizational culture and business excellence in UAE excellence award-winning companies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-146
Number of pages30
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 11 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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