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The Corporate Culture Survival Guide Hardcover – August 17, 2009
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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.
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In this context, Edgar Schein argues that "The bigger danger in trying to understand culture is to oversimplfy it in our minds". Therefore, according to Schein, instead of say that culture is 'the way we do things around here', 'the rites and rituals of our compay', 'the company climate', 'the reward system', 'our basic values', and so on, a better way to think about culture is to realize that it exists at several 'levels'. Thus, he firstly categorizes culture into three levels (more detailed discussion see Chapter Two):
1. 'Artifacts': These are visible organizational structures and processes (hard to decipher).
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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. Schein proves very useful for factoring the cultural dimensions into e-business transformation. I believe that anyone attempting a transformation to become an e-business needs to thoroughly understand corporate culture - something not found in the e-business materials I have seen so far. Schein offers a way of looking at corporate culture that goes beyond the usual platitudes, and attempts to give the reader insights into real understanding. This book should be on the e-business change agent's shelf.
The book consists of two parts. The first part is called "basics" and it covers... well... the basics. The second part is called "in action" and covers different context and organizations and how the culture develops and how it can (or cannot) be influenced.
The basics part consists of 4 chapters which follow a good and logical structure. Why does culture matters? What is culture? How is it created? How can you assess it? One of the surprising themes in the book was that cultural assessment is only useful in the context for solving a certain problem. Without a problem to solve, the assessment will be broad and likely a waste of time. I found this insightful and definitively different than I had been thinking about corporate culture.
The second part puts the basics in several different context and shows how the context matters, how culture is affecting the organization in such a context and what you can do about it (or not). It starts with start-up companies and how culture is often related to the belief system of the founders. The next chapter covers transformational change and how to do this and why this is so difficult (or nearly impossible). Next chapter is mature organizations and how and why culture is so hard to change (and the influence of many sub-cultures.Read more ›
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This book is an excellent source to understand and assess culture. The only downside is the Audible recording doesn't sync with the Kindle version, and several chapters (8, 9, and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Giuseppe
Edgar H. Schein provides an excellent conceptual explanation of culture in general and corporate culture in particular. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 11 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 15 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 22 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 23 months ago by Maya