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Organizational Culture and Leadership, Fourth Edition by Edgar H. Schein

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Chapter 13. HOW FOUNDERS/LEADERS CREATE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES

One of the most mysterious aspects of organizational culture is how two companies with similar external environments, working in similar technologies on similar tasks and with founders of similar origins, come to have entirely different ways of operating over the years? In Chapter Twelve, I analyze this process in terms of the spontaneous events that occur in an unstructured group. In this chapter, we further analyze this process, considering what happens when a formal leader builds a group and launches an organization.

Culture Beginnings Through Founder/Leader Actions

Cultures basically spring from three sources: (1) the beliefs, values, and assumptions of founders of organizations; ...

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