Accession Number:

ADA524394

Title:

Enhancing Brigade Combat Team Adaptability

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-06-11

Pagination or Media Count:

206.0

Abstract:

Todays operational environment consists of uncertainty, chance, friction, and complexity. Change and adaptation that once required years to implement must now be recognized, communicated, and enacted far more quickly. To effectively respond to the characteristics of the operational environment, Brigade Combat Teams must be able to learn constantly from experience their own and others, and apply new knowledge to each situation. This requires Brigade Combat Teams to demonstrate organizational level adaptive behavior. Organizational adaptive behavior consists of three supporting emergent behaviors which are self-organization, learning, and organizational intelligence. Each of these behaviors is interdependent upon the other therefore, focusing on improving one behavior alone will not result in the emergence of organizational adaptive behavior. To enhance organizational adaptive behavior, leaders must understand the interrelationships of the supporting adaptive behaviors and organizational components and implement an organizational strategy that aligns the organizational components of leadership, climate, culture, and structure in such a manner that enables the emergence of supporting adaptive behaviors. Additionally, leaders must be able to recognize and resolve barriers that prevent the emergence of supporting adaptive behaviors. It is through this understanding and practice that leaders can enhance their organizational adaptability.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE