The Corporate Culture Survival Guide

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ing a clear understanding of the nitty gritty of
culture dynamics, this essential resource is filled
with new illustrative case studies that clearly
show what successful change looks like and
demonstrates how to dismantle an ineffective or
dysfunctional culture.

“Why [read this] now? It should come as no surprise that
[culture] is a major underlying cause for the success or
failure of many corporate mergers and acquisitions. What
Schein says will no doubt keep heads nodding throughout
his text.”
—Booklist
“Schein’s methodologies and models should be welcome
tools in helping companies reevaluate and reform their
identities.”
—Library Journal

The Author
Edgar H. Schein, a world-renowned expert on
organizational culture, is the Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of nu-

“Schein makes the process of assessing and managing
organizational culture more accessible to leaders and
managers.”
—Personnel Psychology

merous books including Organizational Culture
and Leadership and Career Anchors Facilitator’s
Guide Package, both in their third editions.

“The Corporate Culture Survival Guide is well worth
reading over and over until you have it memorized.”
—Knowledge Management

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Cover design by Adrian Morgan

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MORE COMPLEX AND GLOBAL,
the issues of corporate culture and subculture
tional performance. Leadership not only creates

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culture but is the central force in managing culture evolution and change. This new and revised edition of Schein’s groundbreaking book shows

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how the management of cultural issues now involves the alignment of national, corporate, and occupational cultures. Effective organizations
not only need to decide how strongly they want
their corporate culture to be based on the rate of
technological change, but should also be concerned about the management of the multiple subcultures that arise with increasing technological complexity. More than ever, leaders must have a clear understanding of how to manage in

a multicultural environment.
Written for practitioners, Schein reinforces the
emphasis on understanding the nature of culture
before one leaps into culture change programs,
especially in an age where mergers, acquisitions,
joint ventures, and foreign subsidiaries make culture management more difficult. This well-timed revision of The Corporate Culture Survival Guide
is the ideal resource for leaders looking to figure
out how their corporate culture can aid or hinder
current performance and future effectiveness.
Reflecting the myriad changes in the field, this
new and revised edition contains new examples
that target the international, nonprofit and public
administration sectors; highlights the effects

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how each level affects change initiatives. Provid-

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are more relevant to leadership and organiza-

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values, and shared assumptions—and shows

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of corporate culture on three levels—behaviors,

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nization. The book also contains an appraisal

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as well as the details and dynamics of an orga-

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of globalization, mergers, and technology on
organizations; and features a new chapter on the
competencies managers need to foster in order
to cultivate an effective corporate culture.
The Corporate Culture Survival Guide retains
Schein’s hands-on methods of observation, interview, and...
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