Cultural Foundations of Transparent Governments

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Judith Reid


Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, p.81-89 (2017)


culture, Defense Institution Building, defense reform, Hofstede, intellectual interoperability


Defense Institution Building focuses on change management at the Ministry of Defense level. In order to make sustainable change in any government, the solution has to work through and with the culture of that society. There are ways to reduce hierarchy and uncertainty in na­tional strategy development, national defense organization, legal con­structs, human resource management, financial management, and educa­tional processes. Cultures change from within. If advisors understand the cultural foundations at work, they can better help countries chart paths toward sustainable, transparent governance.