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.
I think this book is valuable for anybody since we're all dealing with subcultures of some kind.
All well and good, a solid practical guide to corporate culture, however where I am finding practical use for Schein's work is in e-business.
I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to get a foundational understanding of organizational culture.
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 2 months ago by Kerry Lynch
This is a very practical and realistic guide culled from real consulting experience. Very useful. Practitioner driven. Read morePublished 2 months ago by GUQ
A little out-dated.
Quantitative analysis is also important although author believes qualitative will get to he bottom of the cultural issues. Read more
A wonderful perspective on culture that rings true for anyone who is in the business of making change happen in organizations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Frankel
Well written, with compelling anecdotal stories based on the author's deep experience observing success and failures of corporate culture. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Blake
The Corporate Culture Survival Guide is a good text about the general topic and extremely broad term "corporate culture". Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Power
Ed Schein has previously done a lot of work on corporate culture and "the corporate culture survival guide" feels like a summary of his decades of work on the subject. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bas Vodde
The Corporate Culture Survival Guide was referenced when completing a Master's level Organizational Management course. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Myrna D. Pair