Who Should Read This Book
If your job hinges on understanding and navigating a complex culture and group behaviour, and you are looking to achieve Operational Excellence, this is the book for you.
In this publication, Professor Edgar Schein expands on his original 1999 paper on Organizational Culture into a fascinating book. The latter discusses the emergence, dynamics, and transformation of Organizational Culture and how it brings about the organization’s behaviour, evolution, and survival.
The book has 5 editions. The present review discusses the 3rd edition.
Culture is a very abstract thing and Schein’s monumental work was to turn it into something tangible, measurable, and decipherable.
The book has 19 chapters divided into three parts:
- Part 1: Organizational Culture and Leadership Defined
- Part 2: The Dimensions of Culture
- Part 3: The Leadership Role in Culture Building, Embedding, and Evolving
Part one discusses the emergence of culture in a group, its tangible and observable aspects, and two case examples of different cultures to illustrate the way cultures guide the behaviour of organizations.
The second part of the book breaks down the creational forces of an organization’s culture: the internal integration pressures and the external adaptions ones. This part, in my opinion, was the most interesting as it explains the forces behind the emergence and shaping of Organizational Culture.
The third and final part talks about leadership and its influence on the direction that a culture takes, from emergence to transmission and all the way through transformation and change.
Chapter 18 is particularly interesting as it presents a case study of a major organization going through a cultural transformation.
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- Management Styles
- Cultural Diversity
- Group Formation
- Group Behaviour
- Philosophical Aspects of Group Interactions
- Human Systems
- Organizational Learning
Edgar Henry Schein (born March 5, 1928), a former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has made a notable mark on the field of organizational development in many areas, including career development, group process consultation, and organizational culture. He is the son of former University of Chicago professor Marcel Schein.
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