Organizational Culture and Leadership, 4th Edition
Edgar H. Schein
Softbound: 464 pages
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Regarded as one of the most influential management books of all time, this 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.
"This easy-to-read, practical guide is packed full of ideas, tools and techniques for influencing culture..." - Health Service Journal
"Professional groups maintain their authority by... having specialized language, rituals and rules." - Nursing Times
In this 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.
Schein shows how to identify, nurture, and shape the cultures of organizations in any stage of development, and presents critical new learnings and practices in the field, including additional work on subcultures. The result is a vital aid to understanding and practicing organizational effectiveness.
"Worth reading again and again and again." –Booklist
"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
Edgar H. Schein is Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is founding editor of the journal of the Society for Organizational Learning, and author of numerous books, including The Corporate Culture Survival Guide.
Table of Contents:
Pt. 1 Organizational culture and leadership defined 1 1 The concept of organizational culture : why bother? 3 2 The levels of culture 25 3 Cultures in organizations : two case examples 39 4 How culture emerges in new groups 63 Pt. 2 The dimensions of culture 85 5 Assumptions about external adaptation issues 87 6 Assumptions about managing internal integration 111 7 Deeper cultural assumptions about reality and truth 137 8 Assumptions about the nature of time and space 151 9 Assumptions about human nature, activity, and relationships 171 10 Cultural typologies 189 11 Deciphering culture 203 Pt. 3 The leadership role in culture building, embedding, and evolving 223 12 How leaders begin culture creation 225 13 How leaders embed and transmit culture 245 14 The changing role of leadership in organizational "midlife" 273 15 What leaders need to know about how culture changes 291 16 A conceptual model for managed culture change 319 17 Assessing cultural dimensions : a ten-step intervention 337 18 A case of organizational (cultural?) change 365 19 The learning culture and the learning leader 393
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