The soldier's Sensemaking

Kasper A. Birch

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The paper explores the significant parameters of the contemporary soldiers Sensemaking by using a wide array of former and newly constituted sources. The social identity perspective is identified, as an ancillary result of the analysis, as the primary contributing conceptional framework and is included as a constituted element of the analysis, together with the responsive processes thinking and organizational identity. The analysis of Sensemaking furthermore reveals a pending individual and organizational identity crisis. Thus, the paper takes a longitudinal perspective through a comparative analysis of a precedent and to some extent, similar and contemporary organizational identity crisis in the Danish Defence Forces. The latter is designed to provide an eligible framework for providing qualified recommendations, as to evade and handle a new alleged crisis, for the target organization by examining the consequences of the previous crisis. The paper is therefore subsequently occupied with the urgent organizational issue of employment, and the needed initiatives for future development, that are interrelated to the recent parameters of the soldier identity construction. The paper have argued that the organization through the last decade have been able to fulfill its inherent objective and not only as defined in the period Agreement of Defense, but also on the individual level of the soldier as well. Thus, the soldier identity is encapsulated in the current raison d'ĂȘtre. The organizational perspective however conflict with that of the employee, since the Defense in its current form, with notably expanded international engagements, is unlikely to maintain its current level of workforce nor provide it with the same operational environment. Thus it is a, strictly speaking, reciprocal issue that the organization does not have the capacity to retain its personnel between the international missions, with severe consequences for the individual and the organization.

EducationsMSc in Strategy, Organization and Leadership, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages84