Forging Norwegian Special Operation Forces
Steder, Frank Brundtland
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This thesis seeks to answer how leadership can unify the Norwegian Special Operation Forces and improve its organizational efficiency. From January 1, 2014, the two Norwegian special operations commands, Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK) and Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK), were joined in one service-like combatant command: Forsvarets Spesialstyrker (FS). FSK and MJK each have a long history, and their legacy and culture sit in their hearts. The two units are, in many ways, alike, but their differences have been highlighted when it comes to the future of the Norwegian Special Operation Forces. This thesis uses relevant literature, the authors’ personal experiences, and statistical analysis of precollected survey data to answer the research question. It offers an overview of the Norwegian Special Operation Forces’ history, maps the current organizational culture, and suggests a leadership approach to unify the two units and the newly established joint command staff in order to improve organizational efficiency. The aim is to provide recommendations to assist with the process of forging a highly capable Norwegian Special Operation Forces for the 21st century.
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