Operations planning revisited: theoretical and practical implications of methodology
2016 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 16, no 3, 248-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016. Vol. 16, no 3, 248-269 p.
causalist approach, complexity, COPD, methodology, Operations planning, systemic approach
Business Administration Computational Mathematics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-197183DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2016.1187567ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84973140766OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-197183DiVA: diva2:1055683
QC 201612132016-12-132016-11-302016-12-13Bibliographically approved