RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INFORMATION AND DECISION CHARACTERISTICS AND THE LAND FORCE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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Authors
  1. Labbe, J-C.
  2. Levesque, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Some organizations, military as well as civilian, develop their information and decision support systems based on their internal functions (personnel, finances, purchase, inventory, etc.), while others use an approach strictly based on their hierarchical working levels (strategic planning, organizational management, operations, etc.). Both of these two approaches are accepted to guide planners, architectes and designers of systems required to manage information and to assist in the decision making process. Nevertheless, the relative importance of these two approaches must be determined for the concerned organizations in order to develop a system with optimal capabilities. This type of analysis becomes more important in a context where structural changes and re-engineering of working methods are frequent as is the case for a military environment. This document first describes a system development methodology based on a hierarchical perspective, complemented by its functional view. It illustrates the concept using the French Army as example. It afterwards elaborates on the modalities and results of a sruvey involving 200 managers of all hierarchical levels of five Canadian Land Force combat functions. The aim of this study is to determine the relationships between information and decision characteristics and the Army organizational structure. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Information and decision support;Land Force;Combat functions;Organizational structure;Battlefield digitization;Army management strategies;Hierarchical levels;System development;Survey;Command and control information system
Report Number
DREV-9823 —
Date of publication
01 Dec 1998
Number of Pages
71
DSTKIM No
99-00063
CANDIS No
509814
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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