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Knowledge Era Organizational Change and Leadership in the US Army

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Technical Report,01 Jul 2017,31 May 2018

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The Army relies on agile and innovative organizations to provide strategic advantage, but how to build, adapt, and lead such organizations is on the precipice of change. The extant industrial era leadership and organizational models used by the Army are rapidly becoming outdated, so the Army must continue to evolve by implementing change initiatives and solutions adapted to the knowledge era. Operations in the knowledge era require a networked adaptive structure that genuinely enables disciplined initiative and empowers agile, adaptive leaders. One of the most significant challenges facing the Army is how to enable organizational adaptability in the increasingly complex operating environment. The Army seeks to evolve to meet the demands of the operating environment, but it still operates under a dated industrial age organizational model. To meet the needs of the information age, the US Army should integrate current change and leadership models to create a flexible organization that develops adaptive leaders and enables mission command.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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