Organisational structure for future warfare - The end of the pyramid?


  • Berglund Erik

Publish date: 2002-01-01

Report number: FOI-R--0543--SE

Pages: 41

Written in: English


This study constitutes a critical review of some of the current visions of future military organisation, e.g. the concept of Network Centric Warfare, from a perspective based on organisational theory. The conclusions are that there is an increasing case for the adhocracy (network) organisational structure. However, there seems to be at least three compelling reasons preventing the military organisation from abandoning the pyramid of the machine bureaucracy structure: o The requirement for external control. o The need to reduce the angst of killing. o The need to quickly respond to contingencies. Another conclusion is that some caution should be exercised before transferring organisational concepts from the world of business enterprise to the military world.