Explore all four Spend Culture types, don’t worry if your Spend Culture doesn’t fit under any of the below types - you might have a unique blend of all four!
Democratic organizations place significant responsibility on the different leaders and their team which makes people feel empowered. Decision making and influence is spread amongst the team which creates a more collaborative, engaged, and adaptive operating system. While democratic organizations are able to make faster decisions to solve many problems at once, they can also get bogged down in consensus building, limit cross functional visibility, and can easily lose sight on the original plan.
Unrestricted organizations empower people to take responsibility for decisions. These organizations can react quickly and were made to adapt on the fly. They make the most of their situation, whether tools, people or policies and find a way to get the job done. These organizations push people to take initiative but left unmanaged can lead to unnecessary risk taking or hedonistic excess.
Administrative organizations are concerned with procedural correctness. Organizations that belong to this group favor coordinated strategic decision making and take more advantage of units of scale. Administrative organizations have clear procedures and constantly strive to gain more operational visibility to make more informed decisions, however this way of operating can be costly, stifle initiative, and lead to poor customer service.
Agile organizations embrace order and stability but also encourage adaptability and innovation. Organizations that are agile attempt to balance strategic decision making and cooperation between stakeholders. Agile organizations gain visibility through data consolidation and can adapt to changing circumstances but it can be a challenge to properly estimate project requirements as many expectations are ambiguous.