Leadership in the contemporary military: Mavericks in the bureaucracy?

Tuomas Kuronen, Aki-Mauri Huhtinen

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In this reflective paper, we study the tension between leadership and institutional control in contemporary Western military organizations. More precisely, we focus on two (out of five) NATO measures of merit, namely the Measure of Performance (MOP) and the Measure of Effectiveness (MOE), and how they manifest this tension at the operational level. We suggest that fixed leadership roles are not enough – what is required instead is an adaptive, pragmatic and even rebellious attitude towards the military bureaucracy in the contemporary, ever-changing conflict landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal on Baltic Security
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)158-182
Publication statusPublished - 12.2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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