University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources
http://www.umn.edu/ohr
612-625-2016

Transforming the University Culture

Sponsor: Linda Thrane

Culture Task Force has identified two related PEL projects. They are:

  1. Current Culture Analysis Project
    1. Data mining
    2. Focus Groups
  2. Culture Benchmarking Project

Current Culture Analysis Project

Define the culture of the University of Minnesota as it stands today. Identify the norms, values, beliefs, strengths, and weaknesses.

Objectives:

  • Conduct analysis of University data sources to define culture (status quo).
  • Conduct focus groups to drill down on analysis results, refine norms, values and beliefs; and capture stories and legends about the U of M that demonstrate the desired culture.

Culture Benchmarking Project

Define the culture that supports the University of Minnesota's aspirations to rank among the top three public research universities in the world.

Objectives:

  • Conduct benchmarking research of the culture of current top research universities.
  • Describe cultural attributes that support the U of M's top three aspirations.
  • Perform gap analysis of current U of M culture and desired culture.

Team Members

Kari Branjord
Director, Enterprise Application & Web Development
Office of Information Technology
612-626-7581
branj002@umn.edu
Coach: Al Sullivan

Erin George
Assistant to the University Librarian, University Libraries
612-624-1807
georg038@umn.edu
Coach: Arlene Carney

Twila Jensen
Administrative Professional - Energy Management & Accounting Services
University Services - Facilities Management
612-625-9514
jense130@umn.edu
Coach: Rosie Barry

Emily Johnston
Grassroots Coordinator, University Relations
612-625-8739
john5091@umn.edu
Coach: Lori Ann Williams

Shelley Carthen Watson
Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
612-624-4100
carth001@umn.edu
Coach: Terry Bock
Supervisor: William Donohue