When discussing the term culture, it conjures up a multitude of thoughts and emotions that range from ethnicity to the organizational climate experienced by federal employees each day. Moreover, the relationship between culture and innovation becomes even more complex regardless of how you define the two. Poškienė (2006) attempts to capture the relationship between innovation and culture as follows: “The relationship between culture and innovation is more complex than the research can reveal. It is characterized by many determinants that are simply too difficult to be expressed, measured or perceived. The impact of culture on creativity and innovation depends on the relationships built and on the nature of agreement” (p. 45). Given the unique qualities and values of individuals, we certainly agree it would be difficult to assess each individual’s perspective in any organization or
agency, but we do believe you can assess the overall culture. Although generalizations can characterize the majority of traits that identify their actions, beliefs, values, and behaviors within a culture, they are not absolute.