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Factors That Impact a Virtual Commander in a Concurrent Command Structure
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis analyzes factors that impact a Virtual Commander. In-depth interviews with personnel at the Naval Postgraduate School and the George C. Marshall Center for European Studies informed the development of a case study documenting the implementation and maintenance of a virtual command structure. Qualitative and archival data are analyzed to inform the professional officer corps about factors that impact a virtual command structure. Based in a systems approach, seven factors frame the research 1 executive leadership style, 2 skills, 3 virtual command structure, 4 strategic implementation factors, 5 staff employment, 6 advanced information technology systems, and 7 organizational culture. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are discussed for implementing and maintaining a virtual command presence. Propositions are provided for future analysis.
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