This book stands as the authoritative guide for managers and students diving into the intricate interplay between organizational culture dynamics and effective leadership. As the preeminent figure in the field, Schein explores the concept of culture through real-world cases, emphasizing its pivotal role in steering organizational change.
The fifth edition reflects the widespread adoption of cultural concepts in various research and applications by organizations. A notable addition is the expanded focus on how national cultures influence organizational dynamics, providing practical insights for navigating international differences. The book underscores the evolving nature of leadership across an organization’s lifespan, delving into cultural nuances at different stages and offering invaluable guidance on managing cultural change tailored to diverse organizational types. The book also addresses the critical concerns of leader behavior in the context of cultural evolution, examining assumptions, typologies, and the foundational culture model.
The fifth edition is
- enriched with 25 percent new and revised material,
- incorporates the latest concepts and perspectives, ensuring its relevance in a rapidly evolving landscape.
This comprehensive resource equips leaders with the knowledge to navigate cultural complexities, manage change effectively, and understand a leader’s pivotal role in fostering cohesion among diverse groups.
About the Author
Edgar H. Schein, the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is a preeminent figure in organizational culture, having played a pivotal role in founding the field. With a remarkable tenure of over 65 years at MIT Sloan, Schein is renowned for his holistic approach to organizational change.
Born on March 5, 1928, in Zurich, he migrated to the United States in 1938 and earned a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University in 1952. During his military service from the early 1950s to 1956, Schein explored coercive persuasion through interviews with American prisoners of war, shaping his early insights. His enduring contributions include a three-tiered model of organizational culture and influential works on relationships and trust.
Beyond academia, Schein devoted his later years to advocacy on global warming, co-organizing impactful collections of essays addressing pressing global crises. His multifaceted legacy encompasses transformative scholarship and a commitment to addressing contemporary challenges.
He died 26 January 2023 at the age of 94.