Pixar's 'Incredible' Culture

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Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2004-2006
Pub. Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Pixar Animation Studios
Industry : Media and Entertainment
Countries : USA


This case is about the unique organization culture at Pixar Animation Studio (Pixar). Many analysts attributed Pixar's success to its unique culture marked by an informal approach toward work and its Human Resource (HR) policies that built a motivated and loyal employee base.

The case highlights the company's hands-off management style coupled with an craftsman-like nurturing of the creative process, which helped it become a benchmark against which the rest of the industry measured itself.

The case also discusses the cultural and HR management implications to Pixar as a result of it having being acquired by The Walt Disney Company.


Understand the techniques adopted Pixar in creating and maintaining its unique organization culture

Understand the cultural and HR management implications to a company in the event of it being acquired by a larger entity


  Page No.
Can Pixar's Culture Prevail? 1
Background Note 2
Pixar's Culture - The Early Years 3
Pixar's Workplace Culture 5
The Habitat 9
The Pixar University 10
Some Criticisms 11
Outlook 11
Exhibits 14


Pixar Animation Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Organizational culture, Technology and Innovation, John Lasseter, Pixar University, Human Resource Management, Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), Hollywood Model, Employee Training, Stress Management, Ergonomics, Creativity, Steve Jobs, Apple Computers Inc.

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