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DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC by Paul Kampas, Edgar Schein

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sixDEC’s Cultural Paradigm

To fully understand a culture one must look at the pattern of interrelationships among the shared tacit assumptions that drive day-to-day behavior. These assumptions are often consistent with an organization’s espoused beliefs and values, but not necessarily so. Many organizations espouse teamwork yet have completely individualized management systems, or they espouse an open-door policy but employees learn that their ideas are not really welcome. So we must examine in DEC’s case the relationship of the espoused beliefs and values as reviewed in the last several chapters to the deeper tacit assumptions that evolved and increasingly governed DEC’s daily behavior.

These deeper assumptions derived originally from (1) the ...

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