IIASA core values

Shared values define what we stand for as employees, as an employer, as an organization and as a research institute. They underpin how we carry out our work and how we work with each other. They shape our culture and enable us to work together to achieve our wider vision.

Organizational culture ​and core values

Organizational culture is a system of shared values and beliefs about what is important and what behaviors are appropriate, and it defines relationships internally and externally.

An organization's culture, when it is truly embedded, assists employees in achieving their goals as well as the organization's.

It is reflected in daily practice and shapes the ways in which people behave and get things done. 

Core values are traits or qualities that are considered not just worthwhile, but represent an individual's or an organization's highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces.

They are the heart of what an organization and its employees stand for and how they are perceived by the external world.

Core values become the compass that the organization uses to select staff members, reward and recognize employee performance, promote employees, and guide interpersonal interaction among staff members.

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Last edited: 18 August 2020


Lindsay Radakovits-Smith

Acting Head of HR Human Resources Department

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
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