Publication Date

Spring 2013


Recently, researchers have investigated the existence of High Performing Organization (HPO) and its characteristics. Because researchers approach the topic of high performance from different backgrounds and angles and with different goals, it makes sense there is not yet a consistent definition of a HPO. We found a meaningful research paper that identifies common characteristics or common themes that seemed to be part of a HPO. This report will cover definitions and cultural characteristics of HPO based on that research paper contrasting and combining results from 91 different quality studies done over the last fifteen years.


Suggested Citation
Kim, J. & Bang, S. C. (2013). What are the top cultural characteristics that appear in high-performing organizations across multiple industries? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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