Doing Things Better: Last War versus Next War

“Organizations created to fight the last war better are not going to win the next.” Lieutenant General James Maurice Gavin (1907-1990), …”a top Army administrator, a diplomat and a leading management consultant…” (Fowler, 1990) Sometimes presented as “Generals always fight the last war.” Of course, this does not take account of the fact that sometimes… Read More

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Playing Managerial Roles in Military Operations

The military is not just another organisation, at least not all of it, all of the time. It is an organisation with at least two faces: One dealing with peacetime conditions and, hence, resembling an ‘ordinary organisation’; and One operating in ‘hot’ conditions, during crisis and peace operations or outright war (Soeters, in Wilderom and… Read More