The Last Mile of the Market – How Networks, Participation and Responsible Autonomy Support Mission Command and Transform Personnel Management


  1. Verdon, J.
  2. Forrester, B.C.
  3. Wang, Z.
Corporate Authors
Director General Military Personnel Research & Analysis, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The paradigm of the last mile is intended to convey how the concept and narrative of responsible autonomy allows societies founded on market-system economics to harness emergent complexity, self-organization and achieve many ends most efficiently without direct central control of resources or processes. Network technologies, architectures of participation and peer-production enable the extension of responsible autonomy in a way that both challenges and can augment traditional hierarchical approaches to control. The paper is one of a series of papers that explore the human and HR implications of an organization that embraces network enabled capability. The ultimate goal of this series of papers is to lay the groundwork for a larger project – of developing a comprehensive theory and philosophy for personnel management in the 21st century – a comprehensive HR Concept that integrates personnel management with the Capability Domain Concepts. It is for this reason, that we cover so much conceptual territory. Such a concept is necessary to the CF to fully and effectively enable mission command. We argue that the future is already here, a future that is built on the past (including an ongoing fundamental paradigm shift) and yet remains open to be determined and created by all of us. To tell this story we cover a large conceptual territory. We start with the birth of the market, move to concepts of organizational architecture, complexity, mission command, and human capital. Finall

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Report Number
DGMPRA-TM-2009-022 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2009
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