Military and Civilian Personnel Integration and Collaboration in Defence Organizations

Friday, 20 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC01 Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution (host committee)

Language: English

Defence organisations consist of military and civilian personnel working in partnership while governed by different personnel management systems and reflecting distinct cultures – all of which may affect military-civilian collaboration, personnel outcomes, and organisational effectiveness.

Although the issue of civilian-military personnel integration has not received much empirical attention to date, Defence organisations are increasingly recognizing the importance of optimizing collaboration between their military and civilian workforces, with many adopting organizational terms implying that the military and civilian workforces form a cohesive whole: the Defence Team (Canada), the Whole Force Concept (United Kingdom), One Defence Team (Sweden), and Total Defence Workforce (New Zealand). This panel invites proposals examining conceptual, theoretical, and empirical analysis of military-civilian personnel integration and collaboration in defence organizations, including topics such as intergroup leadership and supervision, organizational identity, organisational culture, civilianization of military occupations, aspects surrounding fairness and perceptions of fairness for service members and civilian employees, civilians on operations, and the analysis of policies, procedures, and best practices relating to civilian and military personnel management.

Session Organizer:
Irina GOLDENBERG, Military Personnel Command, Canada
Oral Presentations
Civilians in Military Operations; The Case of Kfor HQ
Joseph SOETERS, Dept. Organization Studies; Tilburg University, Netherlands; Irina GOLDENBERG, Military Personnel Command, Canada; Delphine RESTEIGNE, Chair of Sociology / Royal Military Academy, Belgium
After the Storm
Rene MOELKER, Netherlands Defense Academy, Netherlands; Joseph SOETERS, Tilburg University, Netherlands