Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Sue Nash, RN, MSN, EdD

Second Advisor

Gary Oftedahl, MD


To improve the quality and safety of health care in the United States, the Institute of Medicine identified the need for strong organizational leadership and an organizational culture that supports learning. The paper will review the application of the adaptive leadership model to support organizational culture change in health care. A review of the literature on health care organizational culture and the Adaptive Leadership model will be presented along with a case study of 10 health care organizations that have been working on culture change through the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement. Perspectives gained in this analysis will determine if the application of adaptive leadership has an impact on the organizational culture in health care.


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