Organization Culture at Goldman Sachs

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Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 1999-05
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Goldman Sachs
Industry : Investment Banking
Countries : USA


The case focuses on the organization culture at Goldman Sachs. It explains the drivers and elements of Goldman Sachs' culture, which has been a source of competitive advantage for the company. Goldman Sachs, which operated based on its 14 business principles, was known for its risk-taking ability, ruthlessness, and conservatism.

The case also looks into the changes that are taking place in the partnership culture at the organization after the company went public in 1999. The case also looks into the role played by the top management in the evolution of the Goldman Sachs culture


How culture can be a source of competitive advantage for an organization

The elements of an organizational culture

What drives organizational culture

The role of the top management in the evolution of organizational culture

The role of myths/stories/incidents/rituals in communicating culture


  Page No.
Introduction 1
About the Company 1
Drivers of Culture 2
Structure and Systems 3
Elements of Culture 4
Drawbacks and Challenges 7
Compliance Issues 8
Exhibits 10

Key Words:

Goldman Sachs, Organizational Culture, Merchant Banking, Competitive Advantage, Hostile Takeover, Partnership Structure, Sumitomo Bank, Mergers and Acquisitions, Wall Street, Citigroup, Charles O. Prince,Securities and Exchange Commission,National Association of Securities Dealers, Asset Management and Securities Services, Henry M. Paulson Jr.

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