Innovation in Military Organizations

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A fighter aircraft F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. (Photo courtesy of the United States Navy.)


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Fall 2005



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This seminar has three purposes. One, it inquires into the causes of military innovation by examining a number of the most outstanding historical cases. Two, it views military innovations through the lens of organization theory to develop generalizations about the innovation process within militaries. Three, it uses the empirical study of military innovations as a way to examine the strength and credibility of hypotheses that organization theorists have generated about innovation in non-military organizations.

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Posen, Barry, and Harvey Sapolsky. 17.462 Innovation in Military Organizations, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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