For most people, the idea of organisational culture and music having any parallels may be unthinkable. However, a new research paper aims to explain how the structure of an organisation can mirror that of a musical composition.
According to lead authors David King and Samuel DeMarie, both from Iowa State University's College Of Business, culture is one of the most important aspects of any organisation.
"The culture is what makes it attractive for people to come to work, and it acts as a safety mechanism of what's acceptable and what's unacceptable behavior to avoid problems," said Mr King in a statement.
"The culture must be managed and that is something most managers aren't taught to think about. People at the very top must set an example and demonstrate that culture."
The authors draw multiple parallels between musical structure and organisational culture. For example, both musical compositions and organisations need to work to find balance. In music, it's creating individual melodies and harmonies from the sounds of different instruments. In organisations, it's the individual teams of employees that may create their own subculture.
While each individual is important, ultimately everyone needs to function together for the business to be a success. This is the same in music, where every instrument contributes to the overall harmony.
As well as this, the melody of a musical composition sets the overall theme. Similarly, the routines that develop over time within an organisation contribute to the wider culture. This impacts all members of the workforce, and can be a powerful influence during the hiring and recruitment process.
Attracting and retaining the employees who fit in with your organisational culture is important. The right business health plans can help your staff members feel valued and supported at work, and they can also be an attractive incentive for prospective candidates who will work well with the culture in place at your business.