Nebraska Business Development Center
Business Success & Economic Impact
Vol. 3 Issue 10

Nebraska Press builds a binding culture
Founded in 1941, the University of Nebraska Press (UNP) has grown to be the largest university press between Chicago and California. It publishes books, with more than 6,000 titles in print and approximately 160 new titles each year, and nearly 30 different journals each year. The business recently turned to the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) for guidance in assessing its leadership and culture.

"NBDC is experienced in gauging organizational effectiveness, and we had felt it was a good time to see how people felt about working here," Donna Shear, UNP director, says. "We didn't really know if we had a strong culture or not."

"Publishing is a challenging industry," Laurie Matthews, NBDC consultant, says. "No matter how dedicated to excellence the overall organization is, over time, departments can become siloed. Once they understand where each person fits in the complete puzzle, the organization can move forward together."

Shear says the survey results were both reassuring and prescriptive.

NBDC consultant Laurie Matthews 
is an experienced organizational development professional with a background in talent development, coaching, human resources and employee relations. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and has a certificate in Lean Enterprise.

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