The Yin-Yang Military

Ambidextrous Perspectives on Change in Military Organizations

Editors: Heeren-Bogers, J., Moelker, R., Kleinreesink, E., Van der Meulen, J., Soeters, J., Beeres, R. (Eds.)

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  • Studies organizational change in the military
  • Discusses how military organizations can better adapt to complex environments
  • Highlights how military organizations can develop multi-dimensional skills that complement each other
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This book examines change processes and the challenge of ambidexterity in military organizations. It discusses how military organizations can better adapt to the complex, and at times chaotic, environments they operate in by developing organizational ambidexterity. The authors identify various multiple tasks and functions of military organizations that require multi-dimensional and often contradictory operational, technological, cultural, and social skills. In analogy to the often-opposed functions performed by the right and left hand of the body, modern military organizations are no longer one-dimensional fighting machines, but characterized by a duality of tasks, such as fighting and peacekeeping which often make part and parcel of one and the same mission. The military is both a “hot” and a “cold” organization (a crisis management organization and a bureaucracy). As such, the book argues that these dualities are not necessarily opposed but can serve as complementary forces, like the yin and yang, to better the overall performance of these organizations. As a consequence, ambidextrous organizations excel at complex tasking and are adaptable to new challenges. Divided into four parts: 1) structures and networks; 2) cultural issues; 3) tasks and roles; 4) nations and allies, it appeals to scholars of military studies and organization studies as well as professionals working for governmental or military organizations. 

About the authors

Jacqueline Heeren-Bogers is an assistant professor of Defense Accounting Control and Economics at the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defense Academy. Her research focuses on the impact of so-called hard controls that relate to formal instruments like rules and segregation of duties and so-called soft controls linked to the culture, ethical climate and leadership within the organization.

René Moelker is an associate professor of sociology at the Royal Military Academy, the Netherlands. He holds a doctorate from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. His work in military sociology concentrates on the sociology of military families, military technology, military profession, the military sociology of Norbert Elias, military education, conflict in Chechnya, and the media. His latest project focuses on veterans and veteran care.

Esmeralda Kleinreesink is a lieutenant-colonel with the Royal Netherlands Air force. She is specialized in  international comparative research  in the field of military veterans, in particular research into military autobiographies.

Jan van der Meulen is a sociologist. His research and publications focus on civil-military relations. Until his retirement he was associate professor at the Netherlands Defense Academy and professor by special  appointment at Leiden University.

Joseph Soeters is a professor of organization studies at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His work focuses on the interconnection of sociology and management on one side and military studies on the other side.

Robert Beeres is a professor of defense economics, Department of Military Management Studies at the Faculty of Military Sciences, the Netherlands Defense Academy.


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Resolving Contradictions in Military Operations via Ambidexterity

    Pages 3-17

    Shields, Patricia M. (et al.)

  • Unravelling the Process Dimension of Ambidexterity: Reinterpreting a Case of Collaborative Digital Servitization

    Pages 19-36

    Fenema, Paul C. (et al.)

  • African Winds: Versatile Value Creation in the Military

    Pages 37-50

    Waard, Erik J. (et al.)

  • Peace Operations in a Changed “Warscape”: A Call for Polydexterity

    Pages 53-67

    Frerks, Georg

  • Civil–Military Interaction Meets Civil–Military Relations: Confronting the Two Literatures in a Reflection on Ambidextrous Civil–Military Practices

    Pages 69-81

    Bakx, Gwendolyn (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Yin-Yang Military
Book Subtitle
Ambidextrous Perspectives on Change in Military Organizations
Editors
  • Jacqueline Heeren-Bogers
  • Rene Moelker
  • Esmeralda Kleinreesink
  • Jan Van der Meulen
  • Joseph Soeters
  • Robert Beeres
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52433-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52433-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52432-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 248
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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