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  • Ulrich Baltzer Garde
Afgangsprojekt, Den militære diplomuddannelse (Diplomuddannelse)
Change management is an ever-evolving discipline many leaders and consultants spend years trying to master. This is caused by awareness of the fact that cognitive transition needs to have taken place for change to be successful. Nevertheless, the Danish Armed Forces expect low-ranking military leaders to navigate their soldiers through change despite their lack of influence on the process.

Using a hermeneutic-inspired approach, the study interprets former first lieutenants’ experience with the same change process in 2013-2014, in order to discover how exactly their difficulties occurred. Based on the author’s analysis of three individual interviews, the discoveries compose the foundation of the study’s recommendations on how first lieutenants can better prepare themselves to manage change in the future.

The study identifies two themes for first lieutenants to improve: self-awareness and ownership. Through self-awareness of his own preferred change paradigm the first lieutenant can counter psychological self-protection mechanisms from being prominent in his behaviour. This, supported by normative guidelines on how to manage transition, sets the preconditions for first lieutenants to take responsibility rather than projecting the change to the actual decision makers.

In order to improve first lieutenants’ self-awareness and ownership in change, the study suggests further investigation prior to developing a course at the Royal Danish Defence College. Such a course, should bring low-ranking officers from the entire Danish Armed Forces together to reflect upon and discuss their experiences in managing change along with applying new theoretical structure in order to develop their practices.
Udgivelsesdato8 nov. 2018
Antal sider76
Udgivende institutionHærens Officersskole
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