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Organizing for Innovation: Does AFWERX Answer DoD's Call?

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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School of Advanced Military Studies

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The 2018 National Defense Strategy directs the DoD to organize for innovation in order to maintain a competitive advantage in todays strategic environment. Utilizing organization design theory and historical case studies, this monograph develops a hypothesis that identifies a structural design allowing large, competitive organizations to adopt disruptive technological innovation and the factors that enable the designs success. Through these lenses, the monograph will then evaluate the suitability of AFWERX as a response to the DoDs mandate. Ultimately, the author concludes that because the DoD leverages an ambidextrous design enabled by insulation from bureaucratic processes, senior-level support, clear vision, and a deliberate technology transfer strategy, the creation of AFWERX is an apt organizational adaptation to a changing strategic landscape.

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  • Administration and Management

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[A, Approved For Public Release]