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Organizational Culture and Leadership (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership) Paperback – 21 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 3rd Edition edition (21 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787975974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787975975
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This easy–to–read, practical guide is packed full of ideas, tools and techniques for influencing culture ( Health Service Journal, 21st October 2004)

"Professional groups maintain their authority by having specialised language, rituals and rules (Schein, 1992)." (Nursing Times, September 2006)

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In this third edition of his classic book, Edgar Schein shows how to transform the abstract concept of culture into a practical tool that managers and students can use to understand the dynamics of organizations and change.

Organizational pioneer Schein updates his influential understanding of culture what it is, how it is created, how it evolves, and how it can be changed. Focusing on today’s business realities, Schein draws on a wide range of contemporary research to redefine culture, offers new information on the topic of occupational cultures, and demonstrates the crucial role leaders play in successfully applying the principles of culture to achieve organizational goals. He also tackles the complex question of how an existing culture can be changed one of the toughest challenges of leadership. The result is a vital resource for understanding and practicing organizational effectiveness.

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"An organizational development pioneer uses an anthropological approach to address a leader’s role in shaping group and organizational dynamics."
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"[Schein] is, to use an overworked word, a guru, the recognized expert in the field."
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first read Organizational Culture and Leadership more than a decade ago and recently re-read it after reading Organizational Development, edited by Joan V. Gallos and to which Edgar H. Schein provided the Foreword ("Observations on the State of Organization Development") and to which he contributed two articles, "Facilitate Process Interventions: Task Processes in Groups" and "So How Can You Assess Your Corporate Culture?" As Schein notes in the Foreword, the core of organization development (OD) has a number of elements that include "a concern with process, a focus on change, and an implicit as well as explicit concern for organizational effectiveness." I know of no one who has made more and more valuable contributions to the field of OD than has Schein. He is OD's pre-eminent knowledge leader.

He organizes the material in Organizational Culture and Leadership within three Parts:

Organizational Culture and Leadership Defined

Excerpt: "When one brings culture to the level of an organization and even down to groups within the organization, one can see clearly how culture is created, embedded, evolved, and ultimately manipulated, and, at the same time, how culture constrains, stabilizes, and provides structure and meaning to the group members. These dynamic processes of culture creation and management are the essence of leadership and make one realize that leadership and culture are two sides of the same coin...Leadership [must possess the ability and willingness] to step outside the culture that created the leader and start evolutionary change processes that are more adaptive. This ability to perceive the limitations of one's own culture and to evolve the culture adaptively is the essence and ultimate challenge of leadership.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This classic work by Edgar H. Schein is one of the most important books ever written about organizational culture. Schein, who coined the phrase "organizational culture," offers a comprehensive analysis of the subject in a style refreshingly unburdened by sociological jargon. He has organized the book logically into three units: he defines culture; explains cultural assumptions; and discusses the role of leaders in forming, transmitting and changing organizational cultures. He offers a good overview of the most important and relevant research in the field, but keeps his discussion focused and practical, with numerous references to real-world cases. We recommend this as an indispensable work for students of sociology and organizations. Managers looking for the essential information about organizational culture between the covers of one book need seek no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Russell on 15 Oct. 2013
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Helped my get a good pass in my MBA assigment on culture. Learnt quite a lot along the way too!
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This work is a fundament to understand the levels of the organization culture. Must read in the field of OD.
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