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Edgar Schein defines the concept of "organizational culture" as a collection of shared beliefs, ideas, and assumptions that are learned and developed during fellowship with a group while solving a shared obstacle. Because of the perceived successful outcomes, they consider their approach valid, and worthy to be taught to new members as an appropriate way to think, feel, and respond to similar obstacles.


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Edgar Schein. 1993. Organizational Culture and Leadership. In Classics of Organization Theory. Jay Shafritz and J. Steven Ott, eds. 2001. Fort Worth: Harcourt College Publishers.