Organizational Analysis of the TIDES Project and the STAR-TIDES Network Using the 7-S Framework
Defense and technology paper
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY
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This Defense Technology Paper provides the results of an organizational analysis conducted in 2011-2012 of STAR-TIDES, a special project of the National Defense University s NDU Center for Technology and National Security Policy CTNSP. STAR-TIDES Sharing to Accelerate Research Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support is an open network organization with members around the world who share an interest in finding new, and more effective and sustainable solutions for populations affected by disasters, conflict, and other life-threatening scenarios. A special focus of the organization is to bring useful information in these areas to the attention of U.S. Department of Defense DOD policy makers so as to enhance national security efforts. Our analysis sought to develop a thorough understanding of the STAR-TIDES organization, and provide practical recommendations for strengthening its performance and viability. In doing this, we applied the McKinsey 7-S Framework which identifies seven key areas Strategy, Structure, Systems, Staffing, Skills, Style, Shared Values that are essential for all organizations, and that must be aligned or mutually reinforcing in order for the organization to succeed.1 The paper provides some background and history on the STAR-TIDES organization, describes our methodology, and presents findings for each of the 7-S factors. While our results are somewhat specific to STAR-TIDES, such networked organizations are becoming more common in a world that is increasingly interconnected. Thus, this report should be relevant and valuable to many organizations that share features of an open network.
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