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Publisher's Summary

The book that defined the field, updated and expanded for today's organizations.

Organizational Culture and Leadership is the classic reference for managers and students seeking a deeper understanding of the inter-relationship of organizational culture dynamics and leadership. Author Edgar Schein is the 'father' of organizational culture, world-renowned for his expertise and research in the field; in this book, he analyzes and illustrates through cases the abstract concept of culture and shows its importance to the management of organizational change. This new fifth edition shows how culture has become a popular concept leading to a wide variety of research and implementation by various organizations and expands the focus on the role of national cultures in influencing culture dynamics, including some practical concepts for how to deal with international differences.

Special emphasis is given to how the role of leadership varies with the age of the organization from founding, through mid-life to old age as the cultural issues vary at each stage. How culture change is managed at each stage and in different types of organizations is emphasized as a central concern of leader behavior.

This landmark book is considered the defining resource in the field. Drawing on a wide range of research, this fifth edition contains 25 percent new and revised material to provide the most relevant new concepts and perspectives alongside the basic culture model that has helped to define the field.

  • Dig into assumptions and typologies to decipher organizational culture
  • Learn how culture begins, thrives, or dies with leadership
  • Manage cultural change effectively and appropriately
  • Understand the leader's role in managing disparate groups

The resurgence of interest in organizational culture has spurred an awakening in research, and new information is continuously coming to light. Outdated practices are being replaced by more effective methods, and the resulting shift affects organizations everywhere. Organizational Culture and Leadership is an essential resource for scholars, consultants and leaders seeking continuous improvement in the face of today's business realities.

©2017 Edgar H. Schein (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Terrible listening experience

I could not go any further than 20min. it stops after almost every sentence to list off the citations for the information that had just been presented. This created a terrible listening experience I just had to stop. It's a potty as the information sounded like it would be good.

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Poor book.

The fact that the person reading this book had read every single citation during this book made it very hard to follow along. No other book has ever done that.

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Absolutely fantastic. Very informative .

It is an excellent read. I think everyone should have this audible app and have this book on at all phases of their life. This is extremely functional and important material/information for college students, Individual seeking self improvement or Those just trying to improve their working environments. Should listen to frequently as every time I have I've always learned something new. It's like one of those little hidden perspectives that just sneaks up on you and says here I am. Extremely useful. Run with-it! Warning, there are lots of Aha moments.

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dry college text book.

struggled to finish. had some excellent points and thoughts. could have been condensed. way too many references to other studies.

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Complete and intriguing

The author does a great job delving into the why and how’s of his business analysis and culture. It is a friendly way of breaking down sociology of groups and responsibilities of leaders for practical application. Some parts were redundant when points were being driven home, but all and all an intriguing read.

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too academic

would not buy if I had to do it again. too academic, not an easy listen-very monotone

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Excellent content, but it is dry and academic

A useful academic text that contains a lot of examples and thought-provoking ideas.

Adding a few more words to meet word minimum.

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Great to Find This

Overall, great text by pre-eminent authorities. The narrator mispronounced a few words, which didn't really matter except that I was surprised. It wasn't the authors that narrated.

I agree with other comments about it being distracting to have the citations read as they were - because there were so many citations. That was a bit distracting. Yet, some listeners probably want to hear them, and I'm not sure how else the narrator could have addressed the issue.

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brilliant material, but written very sophisticated

it took me almost a year to read+ listen the book. but repetition of the same topics from different paradigms, and cases are extremely useful.

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Very informative, structured, and in depth

The content on organizational culture is excellent. I particularly like the early connection between occupation and micro cultures. The contrasting examples drawn from a selection of real companies were very helpful in understanding the nuance of culture and insightful at the same time.
Lastly, it reads like a text book, be ready for it!

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  • 06-21-21

Good content, but badly structured

The book contains a rich analysis of company cultures and how to understand and change a company culture. However the way this information delivered is not engaging. Individual examples of cultures are given, which is great, but the days isn't easy to absorb. Perhaps a printed version of the book better serves the purpose.

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  • 07-23-20

Cultural Awareness

This is a great book for those wishing to examine cultural norms, values and beliefs and as an extension how to manage them.