Organizational Behaviour

Auditing organizational culture

About this module

In this experiential learning module on Auditing Organizational Culture, the learner takes on the role of a culture consultant at Reconnis Consulting and is tasked with conducting a “cultural audit” at Verden, a mid-sized media company. For the past year, Verden has been transitioning its offer away from paper-based publishing and physical products to digital products delivered via a subscription model. As a result, the company has begun to move many of its employees to a remote work environment.

As one might expect, this is no simple change, and problems have arisen due to this transformation of the business. One of the most pressing concerns for the organization is the impact that these changes may have on the company’s corporate culture. In their role at Reconnis, the learner will need to closely examine the company’s “current” culture and compare it with their “desired” culture.

Subject Matter Expert

The Ametros module was developed in collaboration with:
Dr. Deborah Hurst
Associate Professor of Work and Organizations,
Faculty of Business, Athabasca University

Learning objectives

Throughout this learning module, the learner will:
  • Identify cultural components (e.g. dominant, sub, and countercultures) of the organization
  • Propose ways to align business practices with company culture
  • Assess and determine the cause of concerns presented by subcultures
  • Assist in developing a cultural audit

Skills experienced and assessed

  • Information gathering
  • Research and analysis
  • Problem identification
  • Defining culture
  • Audience awareness
  • Reflection

Learning outcome

In this module, the learner will be introduced to an organization undergoing a major transformation in their business and be tasked with performing a cultural audit to determine if they are tracking to their desired cultural goals.


The learning module will take learners 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Implementation options for higher education

Ametros modules can be easily integrated into an existing course or program via LTI 1.3.  Modules can be implemented in several ways including the following:

  1. The module can run asynchronously on-demand without instructor involvement.
  2. The module can run asynchronously with instructor involvement. The instructor can choose to provide additional student feedback at an interaction level.
  3. The module supports an optional instructor-graded assignment that is assessed using an easy-to-use, editable, integrated rubric. Feedback at the interaction level is optional for the instructor.