Do different teams in a company have a different culture because of their differences in function?
For instance: Sales often is a Market driven culture with an external focus – competitive and driven by individual results. Engineering / Product can be Clannish – while having a mandate to create for the customer, is also often internally focused on how they work, how they collaborate as teams. Support and service, often tiered, can be an organized Hierarchy. Marketing, while also Market driven and with an external focus, when done well is about innovation and vision, rather than competition.
Do these sometimes competing characteristics contribute to silos developing?
Does it then present a challenge to create a shared culture across the company that everyone can buy into while still supporting the individual needs of each team?
For me, part of the solution is to do more cross-functional projects where people can focus on shared outcomes together. These need to be strategic, prioritized and must also be useful.