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Decision-making in a military staff context: A qualitative study on norms, challenges and difficulties
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9990-2877
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2020 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294, Vol. 10, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Outcomes of leadership are traditionally attributed to the leader's individual characteristics and leadership style. One aspect that has been less visible in leadership models is how the decision-making process affects perception of leadership quality. Another aspect that probably exerts an impact is the difficulty level of the decisions, how they affect subordinates and the organization. The purpose of this study is to obtain a deeper understanding of decision challenges in relation to the strategic leadership level. Data were collected through qualitative, semi-structured interviews. In total, nineteen leaders at strategic organizational level were included who all possessed previous experience of decision-making within national and international staff work. The interviews were analysed according to a thematic analysis. Several decision-making challenges were described in the interviews. The study supports the conclusion that the objective, and especially the subjective, outcome of leadership is dependent on decision difficulty.

Abstract [fr]

Les effets que produit l'exercice de l'autorité sont traditionnellement attribués aux caractéristiques individuelles du chef et au style qui est le sien en la matière. Un aspect moins visible des modèles existants de leadership est la manière dont le processus de prise de décision affecte la perception de la qualité du leadership. Un autre, susceptible de l'influencer, réside dans le niveau de difficulté de la décision à prendre, et la façon dont elle affecte les subordonnés et l'organisation. Le but de cette étude est d'obtenir une meilleure compréhension des défis décisionnels posés au leadership de niveau stratégique. Les données utilisées ont été recueillies au moyen d'entretiens qualitatifs semi-directifs avec un total de 19 responsables de niveau stratégique possédant une expérience passée de prise de décision au sein d'états-majors nationaux et internationaux. Ces entretiens ont été analysés par thèmes. Ils décrivent plusieurs types de défis décisionnels. L'étude confirme la conclusion que les effets objectifs et surtout subjectifs du leadership dépendent de la difficulté de la décision à formuler.

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2020. Vol. 10, no 1
Keywords [en]
decision-making, leadership, military staff, organizational norms
Keywords [fr]
prise de décision, leadership, état-majors, normes organisationnelles
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10755DiVA, id: diva2:1642505
Available from: 2022-03-07 Created: 2022-03-07 Last updated: 2022-03-11Bibliographically approved

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