Organizational Excellence: Three Keys to the Centralization/Decentralization Debate
Air War College Maxwell AFB United States
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From its inception as a separate service, the Air Force struggled with achieving the optimal organizational construct. All told, since 1947, there have been seven periods of major organizational change. This doesnt account for the relatively minor modifications that occurred within these periods. In almost every case, a key element of consideration was the level with which to either centralize or decentralize manpower andor resources. Subsequently, to assist with the research already in existence, this paper provides three key principles to consider when attempting to avoid missteps with regards to the centralization versus decentralization argument.