Organisational Structure and Information Technology (IT): Exploring the Implications of IT for Future Military Structures
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION EDINBURGH (AUSTRALIA) COMMAND AND CONTROL DIV
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This report provides a conceptual framework for describing organisational structures based on the work of Mintzberg 1979 and Groth 1999, and considers the implications of information technology IT for current and future military organisational structures. The various components that influence organisational structure are considered coordinating mechanisms, design parameters and contingency factors. When combined together these components form various structural configurations. The role of IT in modifying and extending the range of coordinating mechanisms and structural configurations is also described. These configurations and associated components provide a framework within which military organisations can be categorised. This framework is used to describe a current joint operational level headquarters HQ, and to explore the implications of emerging IT for future HQ.
- Information Science
- Operations Research
- Military Forces and Organizations