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Towards a multi-level theory of agility
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4572-9623
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Stockholm.
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Salisbury, England, (GBR).
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Salisbury, England, (GBR).
2021 (English)In: 26th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS): Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Autonomy: C2 Implications, Opportunities and Challenges, 2021, 2021, p. 1-12Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A multilevel theory of agility for C2 is absent. This paper uses an organizing paradigm to reinterpret the existing body ofresearch in order to explore the multilevel self-organizing dynamics that underpin the emergence of organizationalagility. Following social theory’s practice-turn, we outline in section 2 the essence of the organizing paradigm and mapsome of its implications. We reflect on the routines, creativity and complexity inherent in human organizing, and howorganizing practices manifest new collective C2 capabilities for unanticipated, unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances.Then we consider the role and limits of individual agency and rationality within the process of organizing, placing theemphasis on a collective process of structuring that imposes change and order in structure. In section 3 we present anillustration of some organizing principles and practices that may feature within a multi-level theory of agility. We explorehow collective sensemaking is intertwined with collective organizing, and briefly reflect on a conceptual model of agilityin the organizing paradigm. In the concluding section 4 we discuss the usefulness of an organizing paradigm for C2 agilityresearch and invite collaboration in researching cross-level organizing processes and practices.

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2021. p. 1-12
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International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS) proceedings, E-ISSN 2577-1604
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Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-12116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-12116DiVA, id: diva2:1826106
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26th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS): Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Autonomy: C2 Implications, Opportunities and Challenges, October 18-22 and 25-28, 2021, Washington DC, USA
Available from: 2024-01-10 Created: 2024-01-10 Last updated: 2024-04-02Bibliographically approved

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