Systems practice

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 27–47

Kurt Lewin's change theory in the field and in the classroom: Notes toward a model of managed learning

  • Edgar H. Schein

DOI: 10.1007/BF02173417

Cite this article as:
Schein, E.H. Systems Practice (1996) 9: 27. doi:10.1007/BF02173417


This paper discusses some of Lewin's basic dictums and their influence in the author's work and that of others. Specifically, the paper expands on Lewin's change model. It also discusses process consultation and clinical research and describes a design to teach the management of planned change. The paper concludes that planned change might be better conceptualized as managed learning.

Key words

Lewin's change theory field classroom managed learning 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edgar H. Schein
    • 1
  1. 1.MIT Sloan School of ManagementCambridge

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