Acquisition of Experience-based Knowledge from the Swedish Armed Forces International Missions: A Comparison between Groups and Individuals
2010 (English)In: Proc to 7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning, 2010, 360- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The world is rapidly changing and industrial war has been replaced with "war amongst the people" (Smith 2007, p. 267). Today many armed forces are faced with new responsibilities and are operating in new environments, necessitating a higher ability to identify and implement improvements more rapidly than before (NATO SG, 2008). The Lessons Learned (LL) process helps to suggest solutions to identify shortcomings and facilitates in making positive experiences durable (French Air Forces, 2008). In organizational learning, there is a pronounced need to get hold of important experience, to reduce repetition of mistakes and facilitate for highquality experiences in purpose to improve. Those experiences represent an important input to the LL process, which in the end produces results that will be instilled back into the organisation. A serious weakness in several organizations seems to be that numerous experiences are poorly reported. Unfortunately there is little research conducted in the military field. On the contrary, there is a huge need in several organizations to get a LL-process implemented. This paper will focus on the initial parts in the LL-process, observation, report and some of the early analysis. The aim is to compare group performances with individual performances and ask if groups produce more mature experience-reports than individuals. The study was conducted within the Swedish Armed Forces and all participants were Swedish soldiers earlier deployed on international missions. The participants were asked to report experiences (problems, difficulties) from their assignment, using two different methods. Would method 1, with conditions that facilitate a united effort to generate thoughts and a critical discussion, improve the progress to produce additional or more mature experience reports, compared with individual performances? The results showed that groups produced somewhat higher scaled and more mature reports than individuals. No indication was found that any of the two methods used in the experiment produced an increased number of reports.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. 360- p.
Research subject Ledningsvetenskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-4120DiVA: diva2:641324
7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning, November 11-12 2010, Hong Kong, China