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Operations planning revisited: theoretical and practical implications of methodology
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy. Department of War Studies, SEDU Swedish Defence University.
2016 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 16, no 3, 248-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Parts of NATO’s contemporary planning framework called the comprehensive operations planning directive (COPD), and parts of the operation-level planning process should be revised since they suffer from methodological inconsistency. This claim is defended by discussing contradicting methodological properties and heuristics applied when framing and managing a military problem in accordance with the COPD. The methodological inconsistency within the COPD; in other words, simultaneously applying contradictory methodological properties, implies one theoretical and three practical implications. The theoretical implication is summarised in a meta-theoretical framework and explained by discussing five methodological properties: non-linearity, emergence, independently changeable generalisations, invariance and boundaries. The three practical implications of methodology imply that methodology is guiding: the problem-frame, conceptual development and action. To improve military planners’ understanding and management of these four identified implications, NATO is recommended to develop a “handbook of methodology.” The purpose of such a handbook should be to emphasise the utility of methodology when planning military operations.

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Routledge, 2016. Vol. 16, no 3, 248-269 p.
Keyword [en]
causalist approach, complexity, COPD, methodology, Operations planning, systemic approach
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Business Administration Computational Mathematics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-197183DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2016.1187567ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84973140766OAI: diva2:1055683

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