International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 321

Full Length Research Paper

What does a transformative organization culture look like?

Allan D. M. Bukusi
  • Allan D. M. Bukusi
  • Africa Leadership and Social Development Centre, Kenya.
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 02 December 2020
  •  Accepted: 17 March 2021
  •  Published: 30 April 2021


The author draws attention to the global, national and scholarly calls for transformative leadership to successfully navigate the dynamic and disruptive conditions of the 21st Century. Conventional leadership models used to navigate stable environmental conditions may not keep organizations operating optimally in a chaotic environment. The author argues that since environmental change is here to stay, organizations need to develop the character to keep transforming and aligning themselves to the changing environment. The writer proposes that organizations need to adopt a transformative culture to survive the present and thrive in future. This article explores published scholarly literature on the principles put forward by transformative leadership proponents to extract operations that form the basis of a transformative organization culture. It distils the transformative leadership operations an organization needs to equip itself to successfully navigate dynamic environmental conditions.  The article suggests that transformative leadership operations equip an organization to harness staff engagement, embrace change and spur creativity in the pursuit of corporate goals in a complex environment. The author further suggests that transformative leadership operations ensure that an organization remains internally updated and prevent systems decay. Thus, a transformative organization culture equips an institution with the inbuilt capacity to respond to environmental change. This paper provides a knowledge framework to guide institutional leaders and management teams to promote a transformative organization culture.


Key words: Transformative culture, transformative leadership operations, transforming organizations, transformative leaders, organization culture, corporate transformation, change management.