My friend Nigel pointed out armies deals with the problem I’m tackling in reverse.
During wars, people are promoted based on being able to make fast, effective, strategic decisions that can be implemented quickly. The consequences of which may also expire more quickly than could ever be expected in peacetime. At the end of the war those people remain in the high positions they obtained during the time of crisis, which doesn’t always make them the best people to run a large, complex, bureaucratic peacetime organisation.
It was an interesting take on what I’m going to be looking at, and one for which I’m going to reflect, and see if I can use in my research in any way.
The timetable for work is now set in pencil. The thesis proposal will be written March – May, and the dissertation needs to be complete by the end of the year, or possibly January 2012.
So, this blog will pick up around March. In the meantime, if you’re interested in the subject matter, do subscribe and you’ll get an email when new posts go up. You can also comment on any post; I’m positively encouraging comment as it helps shapes my thoughts, as Nigel has shown!