Godrej: Transforming Its Organizational Culture

Godrej: Transforming Its Organizational Culture
Case Code: HROB226
Case Length: 15 Pages
Period: -
Pub Date: 2021
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.400
Organization: The Godrej Group
Industry: Conglomerate
Countries: India
Themes: Organizational Culture, Leadership and Change Management, Human Resource Planning, Change Management
Godrej: Transforming Its Organizational Culture
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The case “Godrej: Transforming Its Organizational Culture” talks about the initiatives taken by Indian conglomerate The Godrej Group (Godrej) to transform and adapt its organizational culture to ensure it was in tune with societal changes and the competitive landscape. The case starts out by providing a glimpse into the history of the 123-year-old familybusiness that strove to adhere to the high principles of its founder Ardeshir Burjorji Sorabji Godrej (Ardeshir), who was renowned for his honesty and integrity. The case then talks about the way the third generation, with Adi Godrej (Adi) at the helm, transformed the business into a conglomerate with operations in various business areas and an international presence, without compromising on its principles. The factors that drove Adi to bring about an evolution in organizational culture is then discussed. The case takes an in-depth look into the changes brought about in the organizational thinking, recruitment practices, workplace diversity, leadership development programs, and avenues of conversations. Will Godrej continue to successfully manage its culture change in tune with changes in its business goals in future also?


The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • Understand an organizational climate and the principles that drive it.
  • Create and sustain an organizational culture.
  • Align Human Resource (HR) Systems with business strategy.
  • Generate organizational change.
  • Develop an employee acculturation process.
  • Analyze the role of leadership in organizational culture change.
  • Examine the role of conversations in organizational culture.



Organizational Culture; Cultural Change; Leadership Development; Training and Development; Change Management; Cultural Code; Conversations; Workplace Diversity; Talent Management; Best Place to Work; Founder’s Values; Human Resource (HR) Systems; Organizational Climate; Employee Acculturation Process; Company Philosophy

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