Management and Military Studies: Classical and Current Foundations

1st Edition

Joseph Soeters

Routledge
April 15, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367198978 - CAT# K418225
Series: Cass Military Studies

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Summary

This book connects findings and insights authored by famous scholars in management and organization studies with challenges the military is facing today.

One assumes that management and organization studies is only about the rational, predictable, and manageable, and that military action is predominately irrational, unpredictable, and unmanageable; both assumptions are wrong. This book argues that the discipline of management and organization studies is highly relevant for the military in both peace- and wartime conditions, and for any situation in between. In all conditions, the giant and complex military organization needs to be structured, processed, administrated, led and accounted for. Each chapter presented in this volume focuses on the contributions of founding thinkers in management and organization studies, with their work translated and applied to the military setting. These scholars are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including organizational sociology, economics, political science, psychology and engineering. Although the work of only a few explicitly refers to the military, the contributions of all these scholars are relevant in order to come to grips with security and military affairs. Together with many other academics’ work, the contributions of these eighteen scholars constitute the core of the field of management and organization studies.

This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, management studies, and organisation studies.

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