An Organizational Culture Perspective of Strategic Leadership and Organizational Change: Shaping the Future of the Army
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Substantial changes in Eastern Europe and within the Soviet Union, coupled with coalition warfare in the Middle East, suggest that the role, missions, and force structure of the U.S. Army will change in the near future. The Armys senior leadership faces the challenge of breaking the existing paradigm and recasting a new one in a turbulent international and domestic environment. Strategic processes, primarily the responsibility of senior leaders but part of a leaders work at all levels, provides a conceptual framework in which strategy is formulated and implemented. Formulation brings together environmental forces and internal capability, whereas implementation is an internal phenomenon. Effective strategy implementation depends on the extent to which resultant changes conform to existing knowledge structures used by members of the organization to make sense of and give meaning to their work. Such cognitive paradigms form the culture construct of the organization. An organizational culture perspective of the Army can enable its leaders to more effectively deal with potential resistance to change through conscious efforts to restructure underlying cognitive paradigms.
- Military Forces and Organizations