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    Command and Control in Virtual Environments: Using Contingency Theory to Understand Organization in Virtual Worlds
    (2010-10) Nissen, Mark E.; Center for Edge Power; Center for Edge Power
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    Command and control in virtual environments: laboratory experimentation to compare virtual with physical
    (2010-06) Bergin, Richard D.; Adams, Alicemary Aspell; Andraus, Ramez; Hudgens, Bryan J.; Lee, June G. Chinn Yi; Nissen, Mark E.; Center for Edge Power; Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    Research in command and control is advancing rapidly through a campaign of laboratory experimentation using the ELICIT (Experimental Laboratory for Investigating Collaboration, Information-sharing and Trust) multiplayer online counterterrorism intelligence game. In most ELICIT experiments, participants play the game through a Web interface and interact with one another solely through textual information exchange. This mirrors in large part the network-centric environment associated with most counterterrorism intelligence work in practice, and it reflects what appears to be a wide spread assumption about how to organize such work: in a physically distributed, virtual manner. Such reflection is consistent with considerable research (e.g., in Education Psychology) prescribing such distributed, virtual environments for work performance. Alternatively, substantial research (e.g., Media Richness Theory) suggests instead that a more personal, physical environment offers potential to improve performance. Hence we have a theoretical conflict with potential to affect how the important work of counterterrorism intelligence is organized. The research described in this article addresses this theoretical conflict through a series of experiments to assess the comparative performance of people working in physical, face-to-face versus textual, virtual environments. Exercising great care to match experiment conditions and control for factors other than task environment, results elucidate important comparative performance effects and suggest compelling follow-on experiments as well as practical implications.
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    Examining Work Performance in Immersive Virtual Environments versus Face-to-Face Physical Environments through Laboratory Experimentation
    (2011-06) Bergin, Richard D.; Hudgens, Bryan; Nissen, Mark E.; Center for Edge Power; Center for Edge Power
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    N2C2M2 experimentation and validation: understanding its C2 approaches and implications
    (2010-06) Manso, Barbara; Manso, Marco; Center for Edge Power; Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Center for Edge Power
    The recently developed NATO NEC Command and Control Maturity Model (N2C2M2) defined new C2 approaches, established their relation with one or more maturity levels and studied the implications throughout the NCW value chain, the C2 domains (information, cognitive and social) and the organization's effectiveness. This paper focus on a set of experiments especially developed to validate N2C2M2's hypothesis and implications by instantiating each of the models' C2 approaches, applying ELICIT, a network-enabled collaborative environment involving 17 human subjects, and conduct a quantitative analysis on several C2 domains and variables. The experiments confirmed significant differences among the several C2 approaches, demonstrating that increasing the C2 approach maturity of an organization, increases the extent of shared information and critical information available, result in better interactions, broader extent of correct understanding, self-synchronization and increased organizational effectiveness and efficiency. More specifically, COLLABORATIVE approach was the most effective and efficient, while EDGE approach performed best in making critical information available to the right positions, reached highest extent of correct understanding and most ordered state of cognitive self-synchronization. As expected, CONFLICTED approach achieved worst scores in all domains.
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    Hypothesis Testing of Edge Organizations: Simulating performance under Industrial Era and 21st Century Conditions
    (2006-09) Orr, Ryan J.; Nissen, Mark E.; Center for Edge Power; Center for Edge Power
    The Edge represents a fresh approach to organizational design. It appears to be particularly appropriate in the context of modern military warfare, but also raises issues regarding comparative performance of alternate organizational designs. Building upon prior C2 research, we seek to understand the comparative performance of the Edge and all organizational forms, across 21st century and all mission-environmental conditions, and hence characterize the entire organization design space systematically. Leveraging recent advances in computational organization theory, we extend our campaign of experimentation to specify six, diverse, archetypal organizational forms from theory, and to evaluate their comparative performance empirically. Results confirm that no single organizational for is "best" for all circumstances, highlight contingent circumstances for which the Edge and other kinds of organizations perform reltively better than one another, and elucidate seven specific performance measures that provide multidimensional insight into different aspects of organization theory, and provides empirical suppport for and against claims regarding this novel organizatinal form, particularly in terms of agility. We discuss the model, experimental setup and results in considerable detail, which offer theoretical implications for the organization scholar and actionable guidance for the C2 practitioner.
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    Der Einfluss von Personlichkeitsmerkmalen und Teameigenschaften auf die Leistungsfahigkeit vernetzter Teams
    (2007-07) Huber, Reiner K.; Eggenhofer, Petra; Schafer, Sebastian; Romer, Jens; Center for Edge Power; Center for Edge Power
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    Knowledge Sharing as a Contingency in the Design of Counterterrorism Organizations
    (2010) Nissen, Mark E.; Leweling, Tara A.; Center for Edge Power; Center for Edge Power
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    Commentary: Research Needed on Cross-Cultural Generational Knowledge Flows
    (2009) Ivanov, Emil; Liebowitz, Jay; Center for Edge Power; Center for Edge Power