Organizational Culture and Leadership

Organizational Culture and Leadership

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 179 x 233 x 31mm | 662g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Edition
  • figures
  • 0470190604
  • 9780470190609
  • 68,931

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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
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Table of contents

Preface to Fourth Edition ix
The Author xv
Part One: Organizational Culture and Leadership Defined
1. The Concept of Organizational Culture: Why Bother? 7
2. The Three Levels of Culture 23
3. Cultures in Organizations: Two Case Examples 35
4. Macrocultures, Subcultures, and Microcultures 55
Part Two: The Dimensions of Culture
5. Assumptions About External Adaptation Issues 73
6. Assumptions About Managing Internal Integration 93
7. Deeper Cultural Assumptions: What is Reality and Truth? 115
8. Deeper Cultural Assumptions: The Nature of Time and Space 125
9. Deeper Cultural Assumptions: Human Nature, Activity, and Relationships 143
10. Culture Typologies and Culture Surveys 157
11. Deciphering Organizational Cultures 177
Part Three: The Leadership Role in Building, Embedding, and Evolving Culture
12. How Culture Emerges in New Groups 197
13. How Founders/Leaders Create Organizational Cultures 219
14. How Leaders Embed and Transmit Culture 235
15. The Changing Role of Leadership in Organizational "Midlife" 259
16. What Leaders Need to Know About How Culture Changes 273
Part Four: How Leaders Can Manage Culture Change
17. A Conceptual Model for Managed Culture Change 299
18. Culture Assessment as Part of Managed Organizational Change 315
19. Illustrations of Organizational Culture Changes 329
Part Five: New Roles for Leaders and Leadership
20. The Learning Culture and the Learning Leader 365
21. Cultural Islands: Managing Multicultural Groups 385
References 401
Index 415
On-line Instructor's Guide is available at
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About Edgar H. Schein

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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