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A law department’s “culture”: smoke and mirrors or life and death

If I had my druthers, I druther not blather on about “culture.” It’s just not something you can measure, evaluated, even describe. “The way we do things around here” leaves me cold.

Yet, everyone talks about transforming the culture of a company or department? How, other than over a long period of time and a fair degree of self consciousness. I do not think it a useful lens for looking at law departments.

The values, behavior, and style of the general counsel permeate a department, but if the GC leaves, can one spot a culture residue? (See my post of April 3, 2005 on “people, culture, and behavior” and May 14, 2005 regarding integration of national styles in global law departments.)

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