A model of organisational culture

Let’s look at a model to help understand organisational culture.

Edgar Schein proposed an organisational culture model which applies to workplace culture. Schein’s model depicts organisational culture across three levels: artifacts, values, and assumptions.

This model shows culture is a bit like an iceberg, in that only a very small amount of culture is visible whilst much of it is present in the attitudes and assumptions of people within the workplace.


Schein, E. (2010). Organizational Culture and Leadership (4th Ed.), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Understanding Australian Workplace Cultures: Understanding workplace cultures

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