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No, it's not. In The Corporate Culture Survival Guide, Edgar Schein reveals how that's merely the tip of the iceberg, an iceberg that managers ignore at the peril of their company's future. Underneath lies the much-harder-to-grasp "essence" of the company, the "learned, shared, tacit assumptions on which people base their daily behavior." These assumptions are learned over time and in different internal and external environments, becoming, as Schein puts it, the "residue of success." As these assumptions influence all aspects of how a company functions, discovering their nature and cause is vital to the success of any new organization-wide venture or strategy. In the second half of the book, Schein illustrates how, using this knowledge, a company's culture can be deliberately created or changed. Supported by numerous case-study examples, his advice is pertinent to startups, mature companies, and blended organizations.
If you're the type of manager that needs a quick-fix solution, with simple catch phrases and an easy Five Step Program to Success, this book is not for you. Nor are the benefits to be gained from acquiring the depth of knowledge and insight needed to understand, work with, and transform your corporate culture. Using intelligent, lucid prose, Schein provides this kind of insight and more; he tells cautionary as well as inspiring tales of what this insight can mean for your company, and offers useful suggestions for putting knowledge into practice. --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was great, I learned a lot about change management and the different stages of cultural transformation in the organization at different stages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard fowler
Having spent 40+ years in a range of corporate cultures, it is like Schein was observing them all!! His insights and conclusions are spot on. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. Wood
This book has been a fun and intellectually stimulating read. It defined for me the meaning of culture and provided methods for analyzing and defining the organizational culture... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael Andrew Smith
This is a required text for my OD Master's program. Personally, I enjoy Schein and this is easy reading, even for him. I also got it on Audible, whi h is a great addition. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maya
A friend recommended this after I told him of a work situation. He told me which chapter to read (6) for my situation. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kerry Lynch