Organizational Culture and Leadership (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series)
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Organizational Culture and Leadership (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series)

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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 change...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 437 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 1985)
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This may be the pre-eminent book on organizational culture, by one of the pioneering scholars in the field. I read the first edition some twenty years ago, and in its third edition, it has not lost its relevance or practical utility for managers and scholars. Schein strengthens our understanding of culture by carefully exploring what it is, its genesis, how it adapts, evolves, and is transmitted, and how it can most effectively be changed. By focusing on leaders as creators, preservers, and chan...more
Bob Wallner
“Culture” is the current buzz word, but until recently, I honestly had no idea what was meant by a company’s “culture”.

Dr. Edgar Schein, in his excellent book Organizational Culture and Leadership, clearly articulates what culture is, the components of culture and how to succeed and fail in various cultures. Dr. Schein uses his personal experience with the people in Digital Equipment, Ciba-Geigy, and many others to bring his examples of culture and working within various cultures to life. As I l...more
Schein organizes the material within three Parts. Here’s a brief excerpt from The Dimensions of Culture. “If culture consists of shared basic assumptions, we still need to specify: assumptions about what? The concept of organizational or occupational cultures reflects the ultimate problems that every group faces: dealing with its external environment…Culture is pervasive and ultimately embraces everything that a group is concerned about and must deal with. Beyond these external and internal prob...more
Rat Barrel
This is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in organizational behavior. Schein is da' man! This book, in particular, provides an in-depth look at organizational culture while integrating the impact of leadership on org culture. This book is not a leadership book, per se, but rather a book about leadership's role in influencing organizational culture. Schein provides many useful cases to help illustrate his theories. That said, this book isn't for everyone but for the practitioner it's ve...more
Roger Miller
A tough, technical read. But great insights into what makes up a culture. Last three chapters best in whole book. A point he makes is that to be a leaders who changes the culture: Successful architects of change must have a high degree of objectivity about themselves and their own organizations; such objectivity results from spending portions of their careers in diverse settings that permit them to compare and contrast different cultures.
Probably the best work I’ve found on how leadership directly impacts an organizational culture. Sheds light on the often-murky concepts around what it really takes to “change a culture,” directly attributing an organization’s culture to the actions of its leaders. Will appeal to conceptual thinkers the most.
This was a really well written book explaining some key concepts for understanding organizations, leaders , and their behaviors. My work as an operational analyst will improve because I read this book, and I plan on bringing it to the office to use as a reference.
Masterpiece on culture. The famous " what-you-see-is-only-the-tip-of-the-iceberg" comes from this book on explaining the non-visible but powerful forces that drives culture, change and behaviour from and individual and organizational perspective.
Christina Mitchell
This book was read for a graduate course and I will have to turn in a review. I shall post my high-brow, elitist review (complete with big, complicated words and theory) for Goodreads once it is completed.
The basic ideas about the development of culture, and leadership's role in cultural development were very interesting, but most of the book was very dry and hard to get through.
Monster book, but well done for anyone considering how to approach and understand the culture and leadership of an organization.
I read this for my class. Good overview of organizational culture and leadership. Good introductory book.
Well written and explains why cultures and subcultures are so important when dealing with change.
Jack Vinson
Apr 27, 2010 Jack Vinson marked it as other
Classic of organizational behavior. Important book in the MS-LOC program. Should read.
Read it for class... but it was very interesting. Definitely not light reading!
Material contained in this book was very helpful on so many levels of life.
Marilyn Marshall
Another reason why I can't seem to finish any of my for-fun books...
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