Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Richard Dool

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Matthew Basham

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Ian Shepherd


The study of risk culture is a recent phenomenon focusing on its impact on risk management programs after organizations continue to experience adverse events when implementing risk management programs. This interpretive phenomenological analysis aims to understand whether risk managers understand the impact of risk culture on their risk management programs through their lived experience. Semi-structured interviews of ten risk managers with at least ten years of experience in the risk management profession provided a rich context to support the findings of this study. Risk managers can identify aspects of risk culture, but they struggle to identify ways to change the risk culture. Although risk managers identified risk culture as a variable that impacts their program’s effectiveness, it is also typically not considered in their risk assessments. Consequently, the impact of an investment in a risk management program is limited due to the unaddressed impact of the risk culture.

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