• Organizational Culture and Leadership

  • The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series
  • By: Edgar H. Schein
  • Narrated by: Milton Bagby
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-30-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Regarded as one of the most influential management books of all time, this fourth edition of Leadership and Organizational Culture transforms the abstract concept of culture into a tool that can be used to better shape the dynamics of organization and change. This updated edition focuses on today's business realities. Edgar Schein draws on a wide range of contemporary research to redefine culture and demonstrate the crucial role leaders play in successfully applying the principles of culture to achieve their organizational goals.
©2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Loren on 02-05-14

I need the abridged version

I listen to a lot of leadership and management books and so was looking forward to this based on the strong reviews. However, as one who reads in order to use the insights and practices in my work, I need books that get to the point a little faster. In addition, I listen while on my bike commute, so if things are dragging, I find myself thinking about other things.

This book was just too slow and as I am about 5 hours in, I think I will pass this back and maybe read it when I am retired.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marty on 07-03-13

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

Edgar Schein is the leading theorist on organizational culture and process consultation, and this book is the standard bearer for understanding organizational culture and how to change it. The book is divided into five parts: defining organizational culture and leadership, discussing dimensions of organizational culture, outlining the leadership role in building and developing culture, outlining how leaders can manage culture change, and discussing new leadership roles that are evolving into today's organizations. He makes a critical point that if leaders are not proactive about managing their organizations' culture, that culture will ultimately manage them. As is often quoted in organization development circles, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast!" He also outlines the steps leaders can take to conduct their own cultural analysis. While the book is intended to be academic and is fairly dense, the organizational stories Schein uses throughout the book as illustrative examples add life to the book. A great resource for any organizational leader!

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4 out of 5 stars
By John Coleman on 07-27-16

Key takeaway - culture a set of shared assumptions

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a must read for a culture change enthusiast or transformation leader. Culture Island is a useful technique/tool.

What did you like best about this story?

References to many real life situations

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Culture Island

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