Organizational Culture Inventory®

Research and development by Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D. and J. Clayton Lafferty, Ph.D.

The Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI®) is the world’s most thoroughly researched and widely used assessment for measuring organizational culture. The OCI goes beyond just corporate culture, company culture, and workplace culture. The cultural dimensions it measures apply to all types of organizations—whether work or nonwork, for profit or not for profit, or public or private sector.

Employees and Leadership identifying their organizational culture

The product of more than 35 years of research and now using the latest survey technology, the OCI measures the attributes of organizational culture most closely related to the behavior and performance of members. It reveals what members collectively believe is expected of them and how those behavioral norms influence their engagement and effectiveness — ultimately providing an unmatched foundation for constructively changing organizational culture.

Administer the OCI in your organization to provide members at all levels with an understanding of how they’re currently expected to approach their work and interact with one another—and how the existing norms either support or interfere with problem solving and task performance. Also empower them to create a vision of the ideal culture in terms of the behaviors that would enable them and the organization to execute strategic initiatives, achieve goals, and attain the mission.


“We looked to Human Synergistics to help us go deeper with the conversations we were having to go beyond the first level of climate (including employee engagement and satisfaction) and really identify the norms and traditional behaviors people were performing over time.”

~Kristin Chase, Sr. Director Organizational Development, Universal Parks and Resorts


Two forms of the OCI are available for culture assessment:

  • The standard OCI measures the current culture of an organization in terms of shared behavioral norms—that is, the behaviors that members believe are required to “fit in” and meet expectations. Members’ responses are combined and profiled on the Human Synergistics Circumplex to show the relative strength of Constructive, Passive/Defensive, and Aggressive/Defensive norms within the organization.
  • The OCI-Ideal complements the current form of the OCI by identifying the optimal or preferred culture for the organization. It assesses the behaviors that leaders and other members believe should be expected to maximize effectiveness and enable the organization to reach its goals. The result is a picture of the ideal culture based on shared values and beliefs — a benchmark against which the current culture can be compared to identify gaps and targets for change.

Members’ responses to these surveys are aggregated and electronically analyzed to generate a report (or reports) to support your organizational culture change initiatives. A Human Synergistics consultant, accredited OD practitioner, or one of your internal HR or OD specialists (who we can train and accredit) guides organization leaders and change team members through the findings and the steps required for successful development and transformation.

The OCI surveys are available online on almost any digital device as well as in hard copy (including self-scoring) format.

We recommend that you apply the OCI in tandem with the Organizational Effectiveness Inventory®, which provides unique insights into the outcomes of the current organizational culture and the structures, systems, technologies, and skills/qualities that can be used to change that culture. The OCI can be used after or along with the Life Styles Inventory™ and ACUMEN® Leadership WorkStyles™ 360 feedback assessments to support individual development programs. The Group Styles Inventory™ and Leadership/Impact® or Management/Impact® can be used in conjunction with the culture surveys to promote changes at the leadership and team levels which, in turn, complement and reinforce development at the organizational level.

Make the OCI part of your drive for change

The OCI is administered and facilitated exclusively by internal or external consultants who have been prepared and accredited in its application and interpretation. We offer two options:

  • A qualified and experienced Human Synergistics consultant can help you to use the OCI and implement the cultural changes you seek. Simply contact us to get connected with a consultant who’s right for your organization.
  • The entire change process can be led internally in your organization by arranging OCI accreditation for one or more change team members. This will ensure they have the skills to administer the OCI and identify appropriate levers to achieve long-term culture change. To get started, register for an accreditation workshop.

A Human Synergistics consultant or your accredited team member(s) can also engage your leaders and members in designing and implementing a customized 90-day blueprint for success using our Culture Quick-Start Program. This program includes a thorough assessment of organizational culture and climate to support a facilitated planning session with a leadership and/or change team.

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