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Organizational Changes and their Presumptive Effect on the Military Families
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5070-4979
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8422-8840
Swedish Armed Forces, Sweden, (SWE).
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2023 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies, ISSN 2596-3856, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 225-238Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the role of work-life balance in a recent relocation decision made by the Swedish Armed Forces. Applying the “What is the problem represented to be?” (WPR) discourse analysis method to documents concerning budget submissions over a five-year period (2020–2024) and a relocation decision from 2017, this study identifies a common focus on the reduction of organizational vulnerability. The way the problem of organizational vulnerability is presented, however, neglects considerations of employees’ work-life balance and serves to make effects of organizational changes at the individual level invisible. Founded on a social constructivist perspective, the study therefore argues that this neglect of work-life balance in official discourse on organizational change may be counterproductive to the proposed aim of a reduction in organizational vulnerability.

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2023. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 225-238
Keywords [en]
organizational change; budget submission; relocation; decision-making; military families; Carol Bacchi; WPR method
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Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-12097DOI: 10.31374/sjms.188OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-12097DiVA, id: diva2:1824154
Available from: 2024-01-04 Created: 2024-01-04 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved

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