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Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar H. Schein
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Sep 06, 08

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Read in January, 1983

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 change agents, Schein goes right to the heart of culture and its influence. Much that had previously been thought to operate independently is now convincingly shown to influence and be influenced by corporate culture. This would include such attributes of organizations as reward systems, communication and conflict management, career paths, power structures, and much else. This is a must read for anyone interested in the foundations of what makes an organization successful.
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