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Organizational Culture and Leadership (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series) [Kindle Edition]

Edgar H. Schein
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Regarded as one of the most influential management books of all time, this fourth edition of Leadership and Organizational Culture transforms the abstract concept of culture into a tool that can be used to better shape the dynamics of organization and change. This updated edition focuses on today's business realities. Edgar Schein draws on a wide range of contemporary research to redefine culture and demonstrate the crucial role leaders play in successfully applying the principles of culture to achieve their organizational goals.

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Regarded as one of the most influential management books of all time, this fourth and completely updated edition of Edgar Schein′s Organizational Culture and Leadership focuses on today′s complex business realities and draws on a wide range of contemporary research to demonstrate the crucial role of leaders in applying the principles of culture to achieve their organizational goals.

Edgar Schein explores how leadership and culture are fundamentally intertwined, and reveals key findings about leadership and culture including:

  • Leaders are entrepreneurs and the main architects of culture

  • Once cultures are formed they influence what kind of leadership is possible

If elements of the culture become dysfunctional, it is the leader′s responsibility to do something to speed up culture change.

In addition, the book contains new information that reflects culture at different levels of analysis from national and ethnic macroculture to team–based microculture.

Praise for Prior Editions of Organizational Culture and Leadership

"Worth reading again and again and again."

"An organizational development pioneer uses an anthropological approach to address a leader′s role in shaping group and organizational dynamics."
Knowledge Management

"[Schein] is, to use an overworked word, a guru, the recognized expert in the field."
Inside Business

About the Author

Edgar H. Schein is Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books, including Process Consultation Revisited, The Corporate Culture Survival Guide, Career Anchors, and most recently, Helping: How to Offer, Give and Receive Help.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470190604
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 4 edition (16 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJF07M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A key writer on organisational culture 5 Dec. 2011
If, like me, you are a student of corporate communication, you've probably found that Schein's name keeps on cropping up. That makes this book a must-read for gaining insight into one of today's leading organisational culture theorists, who builds on the work of Kurt Lewin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schein is accesible 28 Dec. 2010
By Marcus
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Classic text updated into short readable chapters. Other writers are more complex and perhaps more current, but in the field of culture and leadership there are only so many variations on a theme and Schein had it covered!
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By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the Fourth Edition of a "business classic" that was first published in 1985. I am always curious to know how a book with a 400-page narrative is organized. In Part I, Schein defines and describes culture as a structural concept; in Part II, he focuses on the content of culture and the process of deciphering assumptions; in Part III, he describes and explains various mechanisms and processes by which culture changes, noting that change in organizational midlife "is primarily a matter of deliberately taking advantage of the diversity that the growth of subcultures makes possible"; in Part IV, he shifts his attention to "the difficult question of how to change culture when the normal evolutionary processes are not working or are too slow; and then in Part V, he shifts his attention again to "many new kinds of work units such as multicultural task forces, v ventures and partnerships, and v networks. These new kinds of organizations will require a different kind of culture management because they will be [begin italics] multi [end italics] cultural. There will also be muticultural challenges that must be met with effective multicultural leadership.

These are among the dozens of passages that caught my eye, also listed to indicate the scope of Schein's coverage.
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The book is certainly not something of the one minute variety and is much more an overview of the main scientific theories on the subjects of culture and leadership and their applications, than a specific recommendation on how things are to be done.

In this way it requires a sufficiently cerebral reader, who will actually actively choose the approach most suited to their specific organization, to get the most out of it. But if you are blessed with patience and perseverance the book is a real tour de force.

The author provides a pretty comprehensive overview of theories and aspects of culture and leadership and equips the reader with arguments for / against a specific approach in a given setting, or put differently, a map of settings where the approaches would work best.

While the examples largely come from the author's own prolific consulting experience and include a multitude of organizations, the majority still stems from the two companies where Schein worked most thoroughly - the DEC and Ciba Geigy. As these two are in many ways polar opposites, they work well for illustrating the points made.

As everything is derived from practically first principles, you really get lots of insights into how to identify, explore, understand and finally shape various aspects of culture. This makes the book a useful guide for someone new to an organization (and creating a picture for oneself of it), for someone leading an organization and wanting to change aspects of it, in an M&A context, where companies get merged and acquired (and where the cultural compatibility and the minefields associated therewith are often neglected prior to the deals being struck), etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Rather dated now, relies way too much on old data (I remember DEC but none of my students will) and pretty much exclusively uses American case studies. Too anecdotal and doesn't reflect sufficient academic rigour.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new from this established master 11 Aug. 2013
By DaveF
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Although Schein has been the thought leader in organisational cultural studies those who know his work will find little that is new. He misses latest developments in cultural studies (e.g. emergence theory), especially those related to how changes in the social world provide newer ways to see culture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shein's Org Culture & Leadership book review 17 Aug. 2011
By J. Best
What I have read so far I really like. The topic is thought provoking and the way Schein has written it makes it easy to get your mind around the sometimes nebulous concept of 'culture'.

His ideas about how culture is made up and the impact you can have on it is really helpful.
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