Strategies for Cultural Change

1st Edition

Authors: S. Paul Bate
Paperback ISBN: 9780750623285
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th October 1995
Page Count: 320


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Paul Bate makes sense of a huge range of issues which must be considered in the struggle for change. He has developed a framework that will help students, researchers and practitioners alike to focus on a variety of conceptual and practical matters relating to business culture and cultural change.

Strategies for Cultural Change represents one of the most ambitious attempts so far to provide a comprehensive approach to the design and implementation of a cultural change programme. One of five books nominated for the Management Consultancies Association 'Best Management Book of the Year' Prize 1994.

Key Features

Presents highly innovative ideas on cultural change Contains numerous examples from industry and the public sector Essential reading for strategy and change courses


Advanced undergraduates, post-graduate and post-experience students - particularly on courses in strategy, management of change and organizational behaviour at MBA, DMS and MSc level.

Table of Contents

Frameworks for thinking about cultural change - Turtles all the way down; Thinking culturally; Strategies for cultural development; Strategies for cultural transformation; Tales from the rails: the APT fiasco; The Castalian culture; Towards an integrated strategy for cultural change; Implementing cultural change - The aggressive approach; The conciliative approach; The corrosive approach; The indoctrinative approach; Evaluating different approaches to cultural change; Designing an effective approach to cultural change; Leading cultural change; References; Index.


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About the Author

S. Paul Bate

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Management, University of Bath.


'It is a wonderful book...Wise, witty and full of some uncommon but good sense'. John Van Maanen, Erwin Schell Professor of Organizational Studies, Sloan School of Management, M.I.T. 'This is one of the more thought provoking books on the issue of change in organizations which I have read in the past two or three years.' - Long Range Planning, August 1995 'Well written and highly suitable' Nic Beech, Senior lecturer in HRM, Strathclyde University