Strategies, Leadership and Complexity in Crisis and Emergency Operations will bring together the main themes of strategy, operational leadership, organizational dynamics and complexity in the context of crisis and emergency operations; creating a book that is timely and relevant for research and leadership in emergency services, the police, military and other organizations involved in operations in highly dynamic and critical contexts.
Based on two recent Scandinavian cases, Strategies, Leadership and Complexity in Crisis and Emergency Operations identifies theoretically generalizable dimensions in the discussion of emerging strategies and leadership in complex, uncertain and dynamic situations during crisis and emergency operations. The book will offer original material and discussions from these cases on how strategies, leadership and organizational dynamics evolve during crisis and emergency operations - and further link these to existing international cases and research
In light of theories and fields of knowledge emphasising complex organizational dynamics, discussions are coupled with examples from different organizations and countries. The knowledge fields draw on a wide range of new organizational complexity research, and insights from more established work. The intention is to integrate established and recent organizational research in order to understand dynamic practices of organizations during crisis and emergency operations.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Police in National Emergency
2. Terror in Norway
3. Panic and Collapse of Hierarchy
4. Collapse of Leadership and Coordination
Part Two: Complexity and Practice
5. Organizational Practices and Leadership
7. Power, Identity, and Ethics
Part Three: The Military in International Crisis
8. From the Arctic to Libya
9. Strategy Theory
10. Network Strategies and Complexity
11. War Without strategy: Was it a Success?
Part Four: Comparisons and Conclusions
12. Police and Military Cases Compared: Organizational Practices
13. Police and Military Cases Compared: Strategy
Stig O. Johannessen is Professor of Organization and Leadership at Nord University, Norway.