Organizational culture and sustainability in Brazilian electricity companies


  • Darticléia Almeida Sampaio da Rocha Soares Universidade Municipal de Sao Caetano do Sul
  • Eduardo Camargo Oliva Universidade Municipal de Sao Caetano do Sul
  • Edson Keyso de Miranda Kubo Universidade Municipal de Sao Caetano do Sul
  • Virginia Parente Universidade de Sao Paulo. Instituto de Energia e Ambiente
  • Karen Talita Tanaka Universidade de Sao Paulo. Instituto de Energia e Ambiente





Purpose – This paper aims to assess the relationship between cultural profiles and the economic, environmental and social dimensions of electricity companies’ reporting based on the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) sustainability framework. Design/methodology/approach – The authors used the competing values framework, developed by Cameron and Quinn, as the theoretical starting point, with primary data collected through surveys that assessed organizational culture and with secondary data collected through the GRI indicators reported by the companies. Findings – First, the framework shows whether a company’s organizational culture corresponds with one of the following options: clan, adhocracy, market or hierarchy. The results show that most of the companies’ organizational cultures were hierarchical, characterized by a greater need for stability and control and a formal work environment. Clans were the second most popular type of organizational culture, characterized as having greater internal flexibility, more informal environments and fewer hierarchical levels. Second, by combining the above results with the assessment of the GRI indicators in the companies’ sustainability reports, the study checked whether the companies had strong (balanced) or non-balanced cultures. The results show that there was a greater correlation between a strong (balanced) culture and the total value of the reported indicators, compared to a non-balanced culture. Originality/value – The paper takes an innovative approach by correlating two different but wellrecognized methodologies as a way to create a more holistic assessment that can help stakeholders to understand both the way these companies work and how this choice reflects the transparency of their reporting


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