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The culture of an organization is the typical way of doing things in the organization. It particularly relates to behavior patterns and relationships. The culture of an organization develops over time. It is created by the people that work for the organization its managers and workforce. What the organization stands for (its values) and the dreams that it seeks to turn into reality (its vision) are fundamental in creating a dynamic culture.

A 'high performance culture' exists when everyone in the organization shares the same vision and where they trust and value each other's contribution. This case study looks at how the Siemens organization is built on a high performance culture. This is shared by everyone from the most senior executive to the newest trainee. Background to Siemens Siemens AG is a global electrical and electronics business with a turnover of nearly ? 60 billion. The company employs just under half a million people around the world. It is based in Munich, Germany.

In the UK, Siemens has its headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire and has around 100 sites across the UK employing 20,000 people. Siemens' products affect our lives in many ways. We can toast bread in a Siemens toaster powered by electricity generated and distributed by Siemens. Traffic lights are made by Siemens and people in hospitals have life-saving MRI scans using Siemens advanced medical imaging technology. Delivering the human resource development strategy Human resource development is all about helping people to fulfill themselves at work.

Development is concerned with encouraging employees to identify ways in which they want to improve their careers and other aspects of their working lives. For example, they may want to attend training courses, they may want to do more interesting work, or they may simply want to have a better work/life balance. An organization is nothing without its people. As an employer of one of the world's most efficient and motivated workforces, Siemens is committed to its employees. Its half a million employees work in a broad range of roles. These include: * information technology specialists