Edgar Schein

Edgar Schein (1928) is the “Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus” and 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 his book “Career Anchors” (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”, 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 (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.