Becoming American

My First Learning Journey

by Edgar H. Schein



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/31/2016

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781491789858
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781491789865

About the Book

Edgar H. Schein, a major contributor to the field of organizational psychology, often gets asked how he became interested in culture, careers, and consulting—so he wrote this first part of his autobiography to answer that question.

From his early years in Switzerland, the Soviet Union, and Czechoslovakia, to immigrating to the United States in 1938 and attending three different universities, he recalls the formative experiences that made him a scholar as well as his post-doctoral work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he interviewed returning prisoners of war from the Korean conflict.

He’d go on to work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management from 1956 to 2008, and help lay the foundation for five different concepts in the field of organizational psychology: coercive persuasion, career anchors, process consultation, organizational culture, and humble inquiry.

But he would not have been able to make so many professional contributions without his wife of more than fifty years, the late Mary Lodmell, who gave him three children and many, many great times.

Join Schein as he looks back at his childhood, early professional life, and courting the woman of his dreams in Becoming American.

About the Author

Edgar H. Schein is a professor emeritus from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he taught organizational psychology for more than fifty years. He’s also the author of fifteen books that helped define his field. He attended the University of Chicago and Stanford and earned a doctorate in social psychology from Harvard University.