Organization expert will discuss why consultants must get more personal

September 7, 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ Organizations face challenges today that are too messy and complicated for consultants to simply play doctor and run a few tests, offer a neat diagnosis of the "problem" and recommend a solution.

Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D., the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. argues that consultants have to jettison the old idea of professional distance and work with their clients in a more personal way, emphasizing authentic openness, curiosity and humility.

Schein will discuss his views and his latest book, "Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster," from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall at Benedictine University. The lecture is presented as part of the Department of Organization Development's Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series.

During his presentation, Schein will draw deeply on his own decades of experience while illuminating each stage of this humble consulting process. Just as he did with "Process Consultation" nearly 50 years ago, Schein is revolutionizing the field, enabling consultants to be more genuinely helpful and vastly more effective.

Schein has been a prolific researcher, writer, teacher and consultant. His work focuses on organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. Schein has authored 14 books, including "Organizational Culture and Leadership" (2010), "Process Consultation Revisited" (1999), "Helping" (2009), and "Corporate Culture Survival Guide" (2009), in addition to numerous articles in professional journals.

A recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award as Scholar/Practitioner from the Academy of Management in 2009, Schein also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Workplace Learning and Performance from the American Society of Training Directors (2000) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association (2012).

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Schein earned a master's degree in Psychology at Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Harvard University in 1952.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit


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