Managing Military Organizations: Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Joseph Soeters, Paul C.van Fenema, Robert Beeres

Routledge
Published February 19, 2010
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415585811 - CAT# Y109414
Series: Cass Military Studies

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Summary

This book deals with the processes and theories involved in managing military organisations in both peacetime and crisis conditions.

Examining the challenges faced by policymakers and military commanders in conducting military operations, this book considers the benefits of conventional management and organisation theory for the military. At the same time, these essays recognise that the military should be considered as a highly individual organisation, operating in exceptional circumstances. This awareness of the differences between the military and other organisations generates important lessons not only for the military but also for general organisations as it teaches them how to cope in exceptional, ‘hyper’ conditions. These theoretical lessons are illustrated by case studies and experiences from recent military operations, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This book will be of great interest to students of military studies, security studies and organizational studies.

Joseph Soeters chairs the department of management and organization studies and defence economy at the Netherlands Defense Academy and he is a professor in organizational sociology at Tilburg University.

Paul. C. van Fenema is an associate professor of organization studies at the Netherlands Defence Academy and Tilburg University.

Robert Beeres is an associate professor in the field of defence accounting and control (business administration) at the Netherlands Defence Academy and at Nyenrode Business School.

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