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The Yin-Yang Military

Ambidextrous Perspectives on Change in Military Organizations

Gebonden Engels 2020 9783030524326
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This book examines change processes and the challenge of ambidexterity in military organizations. It discusses how military organizations can better adapt to the complex, and at times chaotic, environments they operate in by developing organizational ambidexterity. The authors identify various multiple tasks and functions of military organizations that require multi-dimensional and often contradictory operational, technological, cultural, and social skills. In analogy to the often-opposed functions performed by the right and left hand of the body, modern military organizations are no longer one-dimensional fighting machines, but characterized by a duality of tasks, such as fighting and peacekeeping which often make part and parcel of one and the same mission. The military is both a “hot” and a “cold” organization (a crisis management organization and a bureaucracy). As such, the book argues that these dualities are not necessarily opposed but can serve as complementary forces, like the yin and yang, to better the overall performance of these organizations. As a consequence, ambidextrous organizations excel at complex tasking and are adaptable to new challenges. Divided into four parts: 1) structures and networks; 2) cultural issues; 3) tasks and roles; 4) nations and allies, it appeals to scholars of military studies and organization studies as well as professionals working for governmental or military organizations.




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René Moelker is hoofddocent aan de Koninklijke Militaire Academie.

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Prologue: Ambidexterity, Viability and Identity
Part I: Structures and Networks
Chapter 1: Resolving Contradictions in Military Operations via Ambidexterity
Chapter 2: Unravelling the Process Dimension of Ambidexterity: Reinterpreting a Case of Collaborative Digital Servitization
Chapter 3: African Winds: Versatile Value Creation in the Military
Part II: Tasks and Roles
Chapter 4: Peace Operations in a Changed ‘Warscape’: A Call for Polydexterity
Chapter 5: Civil-Military Interaction Meets Civil-Military Relations: Confronting the Two Literatures in a Reflection on Ambidextrous Civil-Military Practices
Chapter 6: Bombing ISIS. Public Support and Public Dilemmas
Chapter 7: Military Culture and the Challenge of Ambidexterity in Complex Operations
Chapter 8: Achilles and Odysseus in Non-Fiction. Fact or Fiction?
Part III: Cultural Issues
Chapter 9: The Different Soldiers: A Look at Diversity and Inclusion in Military Organizations
Chapter 10: A Generic Officer Education Model for Producing Officers with Ambidextrous Competences and Skills
Chapter 11: Carnival Mockery of the Locals: The Ambidexterity of Organizational Gossip in Print
Chapter 12: The Influence of Cultural Differences on the Relationship between Employee and Supervisor, and Employee Attitudes and Behavior
Chapter 13: Controlling Material Resources in the Military: The Need for Ambidexterity
Chapter 14: Readjusting to Civilian Life. Beyond Service in an Ambidextrous Organization
Part IV: Nations and Allies
Chapter 15: In Shape we Trust! Trust Theory put to the Test Within an Ambidexterious Headquarters
Chapter 16: America First? Ambidexterity in Safety and Security: A Study Across the World’s Fifteen Leading Military Powers, 2006-2016
Epilogue: Poly-Dexterity and its Challenges

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