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Edgar H. Schein – The Spirit of Inquiry

Gerhard Fatzer, John Van Maanen, Daniel C. Schmid, Wolfgang G. Weber (Eds.)

ISBN 978-3-903187-39-9
brosch., 194 Seiten, sw-Abb.
2019, innsbruck university press • iup

Preis: 21,90 Euro

This work presents a collection of original essays composed by friends and ­colleagues of Edgar H. Schein. Each of the fifteen essays in its own way honors Ed’s invigorating and path breaking contributions – over six decades – to several scholarly and applied fields in the social sciences. Some emphasize the theoretical and research side of Ed’s work, some emphasize the developmental and normative side of the work. As all the contributors point out, his work weaves various threads drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology and attracts readers from around the world. The essays are organized into four sections. The first section is written by colleagues of Ed’s from MIT. The second section features essays by former ­students of Ed’s who have had rather notable research and teaching careers of their own. The third section offers two reflective essays, one provides a quick history of Ed’s mobile childhood taking him from Zurich to Odessa to Prague to Chicago. The other is written by his son Peter Schein and extends our view of Ed’s life and times beyond the confines of the academy. The fourth and final section presents essays written by university-based European friends of Ed and highlights what they have found most valuable in his work. To those familiar with the sweep of Ed Schein’s work, this collection serves as a testimony to its continuing relevance and usefulness. To those unfamiliar with all or parts of the work, this collection will serve as a crisp but helpful introduction.

"Der Sammelband wurde von Fatzer mit einigen Kollegen herausgegeben, die in ihrer Zusammensetzung die große Spannweite des Gedankenguts von Schein auch in ihrer beruflichen Verankerung repräsentieren. Ed Scheins Konzepte sind fast alle während seiner akademischen Zeit entstanden, aber sie sind trotz ihrer soliden theoretischen Abstützung immer sehr praxisrelevant und anwendungsfreundlich geblieben."

Rolf Th. Stiefel, HR Today

"Das Buch macht bewusst, wie sehr Ed Schein die Organisationsberatung und ihre maßgeblichen Akteure bis heute beeinflusst."

Joana Kriszanits, Trainingaktuell

"Thus, in the end, this book is more than about Ed’s learnings. It is about his learning, as gift among all he touched."

Martin D. Goldberg, Organization Development Review


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