Author of Organisational Culture and Leadership

Prof. 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.


schein on our od works

Congratulations on all of your publications and your various consulting efforts. You are combining books, blogs, and the various kinds of coaching and consulting into a very coherent and powerful helping model. You have come a long way from those early conversations we had.
— Edgar Schein, Feb 2017