A Systems Approach to Strategy and Execution in National Security Enterprises

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A Systems Approach to Strategy and Execution in National Security Enterprises

- Accepted for PhD. 2010.

The gap between strategy and execution is a perennial issue. When uncertainty is present strategy formation moves from finding the one best strategy to creating the most skilful process (van der Heijden, 1996).

In this work, Richard explores the intersection between strategy and systems engineering to help strategists manage complexity by designing their own skilful strategy process working dynamically with day-to-day execution. He conceived a systems approach to process design and tested it in national security and health contexts - where the enterprises span multiple independent and autonomous agencies in the public and private sectors.

It’s not the whole answer. Yet, it offers fresh insights to problem definition, methodology selection, process design, test and evaluation to keep the dynamics of the process matched to changes in execution and in the wider strategic environment.


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Due Early 2020

Due Early 2020

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