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Bridging the Military Leadership Gap: Adapting Industrial Era Militaries for Knowledge Era Warfare

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2018,31 May 2019

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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We live in a knowledge economy where knowledge equals wealth and complexity flourishes. In the knowledge economy, the ability to generate new knowledge and rapidly adapt denotes the best defense against obsolescence. This new social paradigm therefore demands a new kind of leadership, one that embraces uncertainty and capitalizes on instability by creating adaptive outcomes. Despite knowledges leading role in organizational survival, the US military remains anchored to industrial economy leadership paradigms that favor hierarchy and predictability over creativity and experimentation. Linear planning models and the time-honored concept of hierarchical command suppress competing leadership paradigms and the necessary conditions for adaptation. To prevail in Knowledge Era combat, the US military must weaponize complexity with a new theory of leadership.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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