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The Corporate Culture Survival Guide

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Corporate culture pioneer Edgar H. Schein gets back to basics and delivers a dynamite primer on changing cultures packed with practical advice. Here, Schein separates the sense from the nonsense regarding culture change theory and practice and tells in plain terms how readers can assess their organization to determine if its current culture fits its people and products. He ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 10th 1999 by Jossey-Bass
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Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"If you want to change some element of your culture, you must recognize that you are tackling some of the most stable parts of your organization." p.35
Chet Brandon
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Edgar Schein is THE authority on culture. Unless you have carefully read and applied his books you are only guessing about what culture is an how it is influenced. The Corporate Culture Survival Guide distills all Dr. Schein has learned in decades of culture work and packages it for used by leaders looking to use culture as a tool of change. it does take some effort to fully comprehend his the deep meaning of his concepts in the book. Still, this is a must read for leaders.
Rod Willis
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fresh take on culture from someone that's been exploring it for several decades

The two authors helpfully establish the argument that in today's world. It's not just about the individual or the organisation. It's more about groups and how they work inwardly and with other groups. It's this interaction that the organisation's value is established.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's ok.
Michael Belcher
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Concise discussion of organizational culture and change by the esteemed scholar of both - Edgar Schein.
Roman Kurys
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Taking a break from my usual reads and investing into my own professional development with this book. One needs a break from all the fantasy worlds at one point or another, right?

All in all, if you work in a corporation or attempting to start your own venture into the world of business this is a very solid foundation.

This book focuses on culture of an organization and its differences between young and established corporations. It speaks about what it is and how to be a catalyst of change
John MacIntyre
This isn't as much of a review, as a comment / advice to future readers who are considering this in audiobook format. I listened to the audiobook, but there was quite a bit to it and in retrospect, I think I should have gotten the ebook instead so I could take notes while reading. I'm going to need to re-listen to get the full value.
James Cooper
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Thought the book gave some very practical advice and suggestions. This book is great when discussing companies and other profit-organizations. There are many good things to take out of this book for nonprofit organizations, however if you are looking to change your organization in a church or other nonprofit organization, maybe another book would be better.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ich durfe selber zwei Unternehmens M&A (Aufkaufen oder Aufkaufen) mitmachen. Leider hatte - so musste man jedenfalls annehmen - niemand vorher dieses Buch gelesen.

Was ich bestätigen kann: Einfach ist es nicht und man sollte tatsächlich alle Annahmen insbesondere - die in der anderen Firma denken genau so wie wir - in Frage stellen.

Also_ Gute Lektüre für Übernehmer und Übernommene.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Schein is the world's top expert on corporate culture. Not just in terms of how he thinks about it, but in terms of his experience helping clients work through culture change and culture diagnosis. This is a short book containing practical advice on how to assess culture specifically for the purpose of fixing a problem or capturing an opportunity.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good ideas on how to navigate the corporate waters
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book deciphers many doubts about organizations struggles throughout any transformative change. One of the valuable book ever in the field of leadership and management.
Peter Morville
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intertwingled
The best book I've read about organizational culture. Excellent!
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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well.. it's one of book i currently read for my thesis.. :(
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Edgar Schein is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and a Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Schein investigates organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. In Career Anchors, third edition (Wiley, 2006), he shows how individuals can diagnose their own career needs and how