Leading Through Cultural Change

Anne M. Khademian

in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199238958
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

Leading Through Cultural Change

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This article explores the state of the literature focused on leadership and culture change. It begins by investigating the debate over culture as a leadership tool. The conceptual challenges at the heart of this debate is addressed — the meaning and practice of leadership and the meaning and evidence of culture — and it is followed with a discussion of the consequent practical challenges of leadership through culture change. Culture is seen as a manifestation of changing environments, continuous challenges, new employees, new leadership, and so on. Together, ‘organizing’ and ‘inclusion’ offer a more process-oriented view of the relationship between leading and cultural change, one that is decidedly more interactive, emergent, fluid, learning-based, and contextually determined than that envisioned in the traditional literature on leading through cultural change. An agenda for future research in this area is further provided.

Keywords: culture change; leadership; organizing; inclusion; leading

Article.  9493 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Administration ; US Politics

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