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The Corporate Culture Survival Guide: New and Revised Edition by Edgar H. Schein

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CULTURE CREATION, EVOLUTION, AND CHANGE IN START-UP COMPANIES
The nature of culture change depends upon what stage of growth an organization is in. In this and the next two chapters, I will describe the change processes and show you what is involved if you want to manage them during founding and growth; in a mid-life and mature or declining organization; and in mergers, acquisitions, and various kinds of joint multicultural ventures.

Founding and Early Growth

The most salient cultural characteristic of young organizations is that they are the creation of founders and founding families. The personal beliefs, assumptions, and values of the entrepreneur or founder are imposed on the people he or she hires, and—if the organization is successful—they ...

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