Edgar H. Schein


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MIT Sloan regrets the passing  of Professor Emeritus Edgar Schein and offers condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

He was the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and a Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Schein investigated organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. In Career Anchors, third edition (Wiley, 2006), he demonstrated how individuals can diagnose their own career needs and how managers can diagnose the future of jobs. His research on culture showed 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 analyzed how consultants work on problems in human systems and the dynamics of the helping process. Schein wrote 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) told managers how to deal with culture issues in their organizations.

Schein held 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. 


Edgar Schein receives Beckhard Award

Ed Schein is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Practitioner Scholar Award, an Academy of Management (AOM) Career Achievement Award


"Healing the Professional Culture of Medicine."

Shanafelt, Tait D., Edgar Schein, Lloyd B. Minor, Mickey Trockel, Peter Schein, and Darrell Kirch. Mayo Clinic Proceedings Vol. 94, No. 8 (2019): 1556-1556. Download Paper.

The Corporate Culture Survival Guide: Culture, Change, Leadership.

Schein, Edgar, and Peter Schein. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2019.

Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust.

Schein, Edgar H., and Peter A. Schein. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018.

Organizational Culture and Leadership.

Schein, Edgar H., and Peter Schein. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2016.

"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.

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