Ivey Publishing
Transparency International Ukraine
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The overarching vision of the global nongovernmental organization Transparency International was to free the world from corruption. Transparency International Ukraine (TIU) was founded in 2014, after three failed attempts, to tackle the high level of corruption that had taken hold of that country. Over the first two years, the chief executive officer faced significant organizational issues that hindered the organization’s performance; he appointed an external hire as chief operating officer to help facilitate a transition to a new, more professional team in Kyiv and to turn the organization around. As the two seasoned professionals worked collaboratively to revamp the organization, they realized they faced challenging external and internal pressures. Not only were they tackling highly corrupt public officers and colluding oligarchic elites, they were also faced with alienated volunteers, who questioned their ability to transform TIU. In 2017, they had made some progress but still faced many barriers. How could they reinvent the organization without risking burnout?
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Instructors can use this case for leadership courses at the undergraduate, graduate or executive education level. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
  • Explain how a strong commitment to lead enables senior leaders to navigate volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments.
  • Explain how leaders can leverage organizational design principles and a leadership mindset to drive organizational change in the context of complex organizations, where organizational performance is a multi-dimensional, multi-actor effort.
  • Define the three leadership mindsets that enable sustained excellence in organizations (aspiration, engagement, and sacrifice).
  • Describe the interaction between aspiration, engagement, and sacrifice mindsets, and explain how they mutually support each other to ensure leaders’ effectiveness in VUCA environments.
    Organizational Behaviour/Leadership,  International
    Social Advocacy Organizations
    Ukraine, Small, 2017
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