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Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

New access to resource related to cultural intelligence added to PMWL

11 April 2021 – Dallas, TX, USA – In case you missed it, new access to a useful previously posted resource related to cultural intelligence in project management is available in the PM World Library (PMWL).  The resource titled “Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: Assuring Your Strategy will be Digested” is an article by PMI Fellow Marge Combe published in the January 2014 edition of the PM World Journal.

According to the author’s introduction:  The Rockefeller Foundation’s stellar CEO, Judith Rodin, shared with interviewer Rahim Kanani her thoughts about managing large-scale change in a Forbes online post (April 23, 2012).  She observed that a great strategy for an organization is only part of the picture, noting the difficulty in executing on the strategy: “culture eats strategy for lunch”. She didn’t benignly say that culture could help or hinder a leader’s ability to execute strategy.  She said that when strategy – the herald angel of change – is pitted against the policies and norms and ‘sacred cows’ that make up organizational culture, it is culture that will swallow the strategy.  If the culture is risk-averse, or treats change as a management fiat, it does not bode well for successful strategy implementation.

To read this article, visit the Applications and Hot Topics section of the library at, scroll down and click on “Cultural Intelligence”. Scroll down to resource. Registration is required to access; to see who has free access, visit