The Team Culture® Model and the test are designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice and create an uncomplicated development tool for teams. The team and the company will discover a new approach, a new language, and new tools to work professionally with team culture which is often seen as fluffy or intangible. The outcome is greater efficiency, more innovation and a better work climate.

There are tools that can give indication of which development stage a team has reached and of the members' social roles, but we also know that the team's culture is key to high performance. The Team Culture® Model focuses on the community and the communication, because that is where the team's hidden resources can be found.


The Team Culture® Test is a whole package comprising an online test, followed by a meeting, in which the team analyses their test results and reflects upon how to improve their team culture. The online test consists of 30 questions to be answered individually by the team members. The questions focus on how the team communicates, prioritises, handles disagreements, listens to new ideas, handles feedback and many other aspects of the team's daily work culture.


With the Team Culture® Test, your company will gain knowledge and a set of tools derived from solid research and years of experience in complex organizations across the public and the private sector. These insights comprise the development tool Team Culture®.



The Team Culture® Model shows four different team cultures, which differ in the way members are able to see and use their common ground and their differences; for example, differences and similarities in education, work function, experience, personality, and nationality.


Plum's Team Culture Model®


The self-sufficient team culture is suitable when the team members work independently with a clear division of labour, while the boundary spanning team culture is essential when the task is to develop new solutions. This culture means social interaction where co-creation is combined with constructive confrontation between differences to improve the team’s ability to create innovative solutions.


In most situations the team must avoid the equalizing team culture and the separating team culture, because these cultures waste resources and restrict the team's ability of solve problems. (Read more about the four team cultures, when you get your own test report.)


The Team Culture® Model is based on sound, well researched theories from group dynamics in interdisciplinary and cross-national teams. The research highlights the important link between diversity and innovation and the difference between sharing simple and complex knowledge. The Team Culture® Model is also based on Elisabeth Plum's concept of cultural intelligence, which she defines as the ability to create a fruitful collaboration with people who think and act differently. This relational competence is vital for the today's knowledge-intensive companies.


The Team Culture® Test measures which of the four team cultures the members see as predominant in their team. Different combinations of the four cultures make a total of 22 possible variations of team cultures.


The Team Culture® Test provides the company with a development tool that differs from the classical descriptive tests, because it is a snapshot that inspires the team to consider new ways of working together. The team focuses on their community and their shared responsibility to get the best out in each other in the daily work situation.


The Team Culture® Test has been tested in many types of businesses and teams, where it has shown high validity. Questions are perceived as relevant for the purpose, and the test result is consistent with the team's own perception. The Team Culture® Model is considered easy to understand and easy for the team’s to use in its future development work.