Organizational Culture

A Guide to Inclusive Transformation

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
216 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2024
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Author Biography

Marie Carasco, Ph.D. is an HR executive and culture transformation strategist. She is VP of Organization Development, Culture and Diversity at GitHub, a Microsoft company and a faculty member in New York University's Human Capital Management portfolio of graduate and executive programs. She is also the Founder and Chief Social Scientist of Talent en Floré LLC, an executive coaching and organization change consulting practice based in New York, USA.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Randy B. Lichtman for Readers' Favorite

I applaud Marie Carasco for writing a well-researched, practical, and important book in Organizational Culture: A Guide to Inclusive Transformation. The emphasis is truly on the second part of the title, inclusive transformation that will develop organizational culture including change strategies. The author has provided an in-depth volume that goes above culture into the larger realm of organizational development as she addresses important issues of organizational change including psychological safety, employee engagement, psychological contracts, corporate social responsibility, DEIB initiatives, communication, cultural transformation, and Employee Resource Groups. It is very timely in speaking about life and attitudes following the pandemic and the challenges that we are experiencing in today's world. The book concludes with an excellent interview with Jaison Williams, who speaks about his previous experience as the VP of Talent Management and Inclusion for Fitbit, which brings together the many concepts that Ms. Carasco discussed throughout the book and is a very effective conclusion.

I found this book fascinating. In each chapter, Marie Carasco effectively describes the history of each topic, and its importance in the organization, with practical advice on how to diagnose and prescribe meaningful solutions to bring about change throughout the organization. Several chapters provide lists and descriptions of many companies that are integrating strategies for social responsibilities and effecting change. Well documented with research material, this is a very easy-to-read volume that is also motivating. Organizational Culture is a valuable book for management at all levels, as well as a wonderful contribution to organizational development literature. Its ability to provide important information with a substantial base of research, while being very readable and usable to managers outside of academia, makes this an outstanding book to help organizations become more effective. Thank you to an OD practitioner who has brought practical information for all managers to read!