Professor Emeritus Edgar H. Schein

Professor Emeritus Edgar H. Schein



Professor Edgar H. Schein is a writer, researcher, teacher and consultant who has done 50 years of work as a social and organizational psychologist. He is often revered as the father of corporate culture.

Schein is the author of 15 books, including Organizational Culture and Leadership and The Corporate Survival Handbook. His elaborate analysis of the interpersonal process and empirical evidence of organizational culture have resulted in two seminal books – Strategic Pragmatism: The Culture of Singapore’s Economic Development Board (1996) and DEC Is Dead; Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation (2003). Besides authoring books, Schein has contributed hundreds of articles to various academic journals, many of which have transformed the OD landscape.

He received his Master's degree in Psychology at Stanford University and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Harvard University. His clients include major corporations such as Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Citibank, Ciba-Geigy, Procter & Gamble, Apple, General Foods, Hewlett-Packard and Shell.

Schein is a recipient of the following notable awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Workplace Learning and Performance of the American Society of Training Directors (2000)

  • Everett Cherrington Hughes Award for Career Scholarship from the Careers Division of the Academy of Management (2000)

  • Marion Gislason Award for Leadership in Executive Development from the Boston University School of Management Executive Development Roundtable (2002)

He is currently a Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Management.

Schein’s dedication to making OD concepts simple and his passion for helping others compelled Lily to ask him to be her Executive Coach. They have since engaged in regular leadership mentoring sessions where they discuss ideas and concepts.


Edgar’s dedication to OD practices and his passion for helping others compelled Dr. Lily Cheng to reach out to him to be her mentor and coach.

This relationship provides a platform for Edgar to share his expertise and experience while at the same time, learning more about the OD works that Lily is doing for her MNC clients across the globe.

Being able to exchange knowledge and observations about the differences and similarities of Asian and Western organisational culture with Edgar has certainly brought great value to PACE in developing OD p OD solutions that are valid both in the Asian and Western cultural context.

Inspired by Edgar’s book on “Helping”, Dr. Lily authored “Real Help” that addresses the Asian context in helping others, complementing Edgar’s book which reflects the western perspective of helping others.

Edgar has always and continues to be an invaluable resource to Dr. Lily, as her executive coach and good friend.

You have done an outstanding job of building an effective organization development consulting practice that brings the best of OD to Southeast Asia. I am specially impressed with your ability to integrate the cultural assumptions of OD practice in the west with the realities of what organisations in the different cultures of southeast Asia expect and can use. I congratulate you and wish you all the best for another 20 years of helping organisations to deal with the human problems of our chaotic modern times.
— Edgar Schein, August 2018