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date: 10 December 2019

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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

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