Organizational Culture and Leadership

by Edgar H Schein

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The classic reference for managers and academics seeking a deeper knowledge of the interplay between organizational culture dynamics and leadership is Organizational Culture and Leadership. Author Edgar Schein is known as the "Father" of organizational culture, with a reputation for his knowledge and research in the field. In this book, he examines and illustrates the abstract concept of culture through case studies, demonstrating its significance in the management of organizational change. This new fifth edition demonstrates how culture has become a popular concept, resulting in a wide range of research and implementation by various organizations. It also expands on the role of national cultures in influencing culture dynamics, as well as some practical concepts for dealing with international differences.


As the cultural concerns vary at each stage, special attention is paid to how the function of leadership changes with the age of the company, from inception to mid-life to old age. Culture change management is emphasized as a fundamental concern of leader conduct at each level and in various types of companies.


This seminal work is widely regarded as the definitive resource in the discipline. This fifth edition includes 25% new and revised material, based on a wide range of research, to present the most important new concepts and viewpoints alongside the basic culture model that has served to define the discipline.


To understand organizational culture, look into assumptions and typologies.

  • Learn how leadership affects how culture develops, thrives, and dies.
  • Manage cultural change in a way that is both productive and appropriate.
  • Recognize the role of the leader in managing diverse groups.
  • The renewed interest in organizational culture has sparked a rise in study, with new findings being published on a regular basis.
  • Outdated processes are being replaced by more effective methods, and this trend is affecting businesses all across the world.
  • Scholars, consultants, and executives seeking continual development in the face of today's corporate realities will find Organizational Culture and Leadership to be an invaluable resource.

About the Author

Ed Schein is Professor Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He was educated at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology. He worked at the Walter Reed Institute of Research for four years and then joined MIT, where he taught until 2005. He has published extensively-- _Organizational Psychology_, 3d Ed. (1980), _Process Consultation Revisited_ (1999), career dynamics (_Career Anchors_, 4th ed. With John Van Maanen, 2013), _Organizational Culture and Leadership_, 5th Ed. (2016), _The Corporate Culture Survival Guide_, 2d Ed., (2009), a cultural analysis of Singapore's economic miracle (_Strategic Pragmatism_, 1996), and Digital Equipment Corp.'s rise and fall (_DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC_, 2003).

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