Faculty & Research

Edgar Schein

  • Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus
  • Professor Emeritus

Edgar Schein is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and a Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Schein investigates organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. In Career Anchors, third edition (Wiley, 2006), he shows how individuals can diagnose their own career needs and how managers can diagnose the future of jobs. His research on culture shows how national, organizational, and occupational cultures influence organizational performance (Organizational Culture and Leadership, fourth edition, 2010). In Process Consultation Revisited (1999) and Helping (2009), he analyzes how consultants work on problems in human systems and the dynamics of the helping process. Schein has written two cultural case studies—“Strategic Pragmatism: The Culture of Singapore’s Economic Development Board” (MIT Press, 1996) and “DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC” (Berett-Kohler, 2003). His Corporate Culture Survival Guide, second edition (Jossey-Bass, 2009) tells managers how to deal with culture issues in their organizations.

Schein holds a BPhil from the University of Chicago, a BA and an MA in social psychology from Stanford University, and a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University. 

  • "Career Anchors and Career Paths: A panel Study of Management School Graduates." Schein, Edgar, Working Paper.
  • "Career Anchors and Job/Role Planning: Tools for Career and Talent Management." Schein, Edgar H., and John Van Maanen. Organizational Dynamics Vol. 45, No. 3 (2016): 165-173.
  • Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster. Schein, Edgar H. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2016.
  • Becoming American: My First Learning Journey. Schein, Edgar H. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2016.
  • Organizational Culture and Leadership. Schein, Edgar H., and Peter Schein. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2016.
  • Humble Inquiry. Schein, Edgar H. San Francisco, CA: Berett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2013.
  • Career Anchors. Schein, Edgar H. and John Van Maanen. San Francisco, CA: Wiley, 2013.
  • Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help. Schein, Edgar H. San Francisco, CA: Berett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2011.
  • The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. Schein, Edgar H. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
  • DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation. Schein, Edgar. 2003.
  • Process Consultation Revisited: Building the Helping Relationship. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley-Longman, 1999.. Schein, Edgar. 1999.
  • The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.. Schein, Edgar. 1999.
  • Strategic Pragmatism: The Culture of Singapore's Economic Development Board. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996.. Schein, Edgar. 1996.
  • Career Survival: Strategic Job/Role Planning. San Diego: Pfeiffer & Co., 1993.. Schein, Edgar. 1993.
  • Organizational Culture and Leadership, 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 1992.. Schein, Edgar. 1992.
  • Career Anchors (Rev. Ed.) San Diego: Pfeiffer, Inc., 1990.. Schein, Edgar. 1990.
  • Career Anchors (Rev. Ed.), Trainer's Manual. San Diego: Pfeiffer, Inc. , 1990.. Schein, Edgar. 1990.
  • Living With Technology : Issues at Mid-Career. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 1980.. Schein, Edgar. 1980.
  • "A Taxonomy of Technically Based Careers." Bailyn, L., Schein, E.H., Working Paper. 1974.
  • "Career Rehabilitation for Ex-Prisoners of War." Schein, Edgar, Working Paper. 1972.