Accession Number:

ADA605695

Title:

Pathway to Change? An Appraisal of the Australian Defence Force's Strategy for Cultural Change

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-12-13

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

In March 2012, the Australian Defence Force released Pathway to Change Evolving Defence Culture, a 5-year program designed to tackle the organizations cultural challenges. Pathway to Change claims that previous attempts to improve Defence culture did not achieve the necessary changes to end endemic unethical behavior, as predominantly bureaucratic reforms were identified and implemented that failed to address underlying cultural issues. Leading experts on cultural change attest that both the formal and informal elements of an organizations culture must be addressed to realize lasting change, and that a systems-based approach provides a proven means of achieving such change. This thesis investigates if Pathway to Change--the current cultural change program of the Australian Defence Force--effectively adopts such an approach. In doing so, it offers an appraisal of the likely effectiveness of the Pathway to Change program. It concludes by offering recommendations to improve the implementation of the Australian Defence Forces cultural change agenda.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE