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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812

S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. vol.12 n.3 Pretoria Oct. 2009




Using the Competing Values Framework (CVF) to investigate organisational culture in a major private security company



D KoktI; CA van der MerweII

ISchool of Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Central University of Technology, Free State
IIInformation Management Unit, Central University of Technology, Free State




The proliferation of crime, especially in the South African context, has placed considerable emphasis on the private security industry. This has also increased fierce competition in the private security domain with both national and international private security companies infiltrating the South African market. Like public policing private security has an important role to play in combating crime and other transgressions, with the exception that private security owes its existence to paying customers. By using the Competing Values Framework (CVF) as conceptual guide, the researchers are able to provide the managers of the company under investigation with insight on how their cultural orientation affects their functioning and ultimately their competitive advantage.

Keywords: Organisational culture, Competing Values Framework (CVF), private security




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