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Wallenius, C., Brandow, C., Berglund, A. K. & Jonsson, E. (2018). Anchoring Sweden’s Post-conscript Military: Insights From Elites in the Political and Military Realm.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anchoring Sweden’s Post-conscript Military: Insights From Elites in the Political and Military Realm
2018 (English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The universal nature of conscription ties or anchors broad segments of society to the military. What happens to societal anchoring after the draft ends? Using in-depth interviews with two groups of elites, this article explores factors that promote and hinder the Swedish Military’s societal anchoring post-conscription. The first group consisted of 18 executives at the Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) headquarters with strategic positions in relation to societal anchoring. The second group consisted of 15 representatives from the corresponding political level: members of the parliamentary Committee on Defense and their officials. The interviews were semistructured and analyzed according to a grounded theory-inspired approach. Main themes concerning obstacles were the public’s low interest and dated knowledge, an unclear political debate resulting in vague expectations concerning the SAF, as well as unclear responsibility for informing the public, and confidence gaps between the military and the political elite.

Keywords
civil–military relations, defense policy, democracy, governmental organization
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7340 (URN)10.1177/0095327X18755107 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Armed Forces
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-14
Alvinius, A., Wallenius, C. & Larsson, G. (2018). Staff Advisors in Military Context - A Qualitative Interview Study in Swedish Military Staff. Res Militaris
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Staff Advisors in Military Context - A Qualitative Interview Study in Swedish Military Staff
2018 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Military organizations have a long tradition of autonomy in relation to other groups. Most positions in military organizations, at least those at the higher levels, are reserved for military officers. However, given the increasing complexity of modern society, civilian specialists have become more common in high-level military staff contexts. The purpose of this study was, through an inductive approach, to gain a deeper understanding of the role of civilian and military advisors in a high-level military staff context. A grounded theory approach was used. The empirical material is based on 10 interviews with advisors in high-level military staffs, three of which were with women. The qualitative analysis resulted in a theoretical model that describes that the trustworthiness of advisors is established through two types of action-logics: (1) through the advisor’s individual strategies - that is, what the advisors themselves do and (2) through an “allowing” structure, which permits an increased freedom of action for advisors. Advisors' positions and skills are unique in a staff environment, which is important in a decision-making process. These two logics influence one another as well as the credibility of the advisor’s agenda. Research limitations/implications are the following: small sample, lack of representativeness, and lack of illumination of possible gender-related aspects. The suggested model may be valuable in military educational settings.    

Keywords
military advisor; collaboration, military, organization
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8200 (URN)
Available from: 2018-10-21 Created: 2018-10-21 Last updated: 2018-10-23
Wallenius, C. (2017). Beslut under osäkerhet. In: Ann Enander och Marcus Börjesson (Ed.), Rustad för risk: Riskpsykologi för militärer och insatsorganisationer (pp. 163-178). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beslut under osäkerhet
2017 (Swedish)In: Rustad för risk: Riskpsykologi för militärer och insatsorganisationer / [ed] Ann Enander och Marcus Börjesson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, p. 163-178Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7420 (URN)9789144113838 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Wallenius, C. & Brandow, C. (2017). How (Not) to Implement an Unpopular Decision: A Case-Study of the Swedish Armed Forces. Res Militaris, 7(1), 1-12
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How (Not) to Implement an Unpopular Decision: A Case-Study of the Swedish Armed Forces
2017 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the armed forces' ability to implement an unpopular decision while maintaining commitment and job satisfaction among its personnel, as well as examine what factors affect the perceived outcome of a decision process in a military context. In line with earlier research, it was hypothesized that a fair process, knowledge (about the circumstances and objectives of the decision) and trust (in the decision-makers) will promote decision acceptance. An additional hypothesis was that a higher hierarchal position will promote understanding of the decision. A specific decision process was chosen - that which led to the 2010 choice to make service on international military missions mandatory for all personnel in the Swedish Armed Forces. An ad hoc questionnaire was constructed with the intention to measure the perception of the decision's input values, the decision process, the organization and decision-makers, as well as of the outcome. The questionnaire response rate was 48% (N = 229 respondents). The respondents were (predominantly middle-aged, mid-career, male) Swedish military officers and civilian employees. Knowledge about the decision, its perceived timing, and trust in the decision makers - but not the respondents' hierarchical position - significantly contributed to the outcome : its degree of acceptance. The study shows much dissatisfaction with the decision and its implications, but also a lack of knowledge about the decision-making process involved.

Keywords
Decision acceptance in a military context, knowledge, timing, trust, hierarchical position, Sweden.
National Category
Applied Psychology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7288 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved
Börjesson, M. & Wallenius, C. (2017). Ledarrollen (1ed.). In: Ann Enander Marcus Börjesson (Ed.), Rustad för risk: Riskpsykologi för miltärer och insatsorganisationer (pp. 179-201). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ledarrollen
2017 (Swedish)In: Rustad för risk: Riskpsykologi för miltärer och insatsorganisationer / [ed] Ann Enander Marcus Börjesson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 1, p. 179-201Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017 Edition: 1
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7421 (URN)9789144113838 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Wallenius, C., Brandow, C., Berglund, A. K. & Hede, S. (2015). Befolkningens syn på försvarets folkförankring: En enkätstudie på ett befolkningsurval. Karlstad: Försvarshögskolan (FHS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Befolkningens syn på försvarets folkförankring: En enkätstudie på ett befolkningsurval
2015 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Försvarshögskolan (FHS), 2015. p. 38
Series
Ledarskapscentrum Serie I.: Informations- och utbildningsmaterial ; 99
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6683 (URN)9789186137540 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-04-18 Created: 2017-04-18 Last updated: 2017-06-15Bibliographically approved
Wallenius, C., Mattsson, P., Hyllengren, P. & Brandow, C. (2015). Psychological Operations: What Makes them Work?. In: : . Paper presented at Oral presentation at the 57th Annual IMTA Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Psychological Operations: What Makes them Work?
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Psychology Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5803 (URN)
Conference
Oral presentation at the 57th Annual IMTA Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Wallenius, C., Brandow, C. & Berglund, A. K. (2015). To Maintain the Armed Forces' Anchoring in Society in the Post-conscription Era. In: : . Paper presented at Oral presentation at the 57th Annual IMTA Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>To Maintain the Armed Forces' Anchoring in Society in the Post-conscription Era
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5802 (URN)
Conference
Oral presentation at the 57th Annual IMTA Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Wallenius, C. (2014). Att lära sig stresshantering vid tillämpade övningar: Ett utbildningskoncept. Karlstad: Försvarshögskolan (FHS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att lära sig stresshantering vid tillämpade övningar: Ett utbildningskoncept
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Försvarshögskolan (FHS), 2014. p. 17
Series
PM ISSL/LC ; 1-2014
National Category
Applied Psychology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5231 (URN)
Available from: 2015-01-16 Created: 2015-01-16 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
Wallenius, C., Berglund, A. K. & Brandow, C. (2014). Den politiska nivåns syn på försvarets folkförankring: En intervjustudie med försvarspolitiker och deras tjänstemän. Karlstad: Försvarshögskolan (FHS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den politiska nivåns syn på försvarets folkförankring: En intervjustudie med försvarspolitiker och deras tjänstemän
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Försvarshögskolan (FHS), 2014
Series
Ledarskapscentrum Serie I.: Informations- och utbildningsmaterial ; 92
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5218 (URN)9789186137403 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-01-15 Created: 2015-01-15 Last updated: 2017-08-04Bibliographically approved
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-9990-2877

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