Questions Answered

1. Purpose of this project: This project got me thinking about the PhD, honestly I underestimated the time and effort required. It has not dissuaded me from the pursuit, it has now become a goal that I must conquer. It has also taken something that I do, and has made it even more exciting. Having had several individuals from the Wargaming Center read the paper, they have come back and sparked new ideas that I will probably pursue going forward. I was asked the question this semester by Dr. Molly Wasko, Associate Professor and Department Chair for Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, “Why are you bothering with a PhD, if you are not going into academia?”… Fair enough question, and it ranks up there with “Why do you want to ride a bicycle across the country?” that I get all the time. The answer is that I need to set high goals and push myself to achieve them, even if it’s only for my inner satisfaction. When I reach them and succeed, it pushes me to go even further. Who knows I may teach someday, but after being in the military for so long, I feel a need to start my own lifestyle business, so the direction it takes is of my doing.

2. Target for the paper – I am talking with the Air University Press on getting the paper published.

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Final Post…

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I would like to take a moment to say thanks to my fellow clients in the IEM program, it has been a great two years and I have learned so much from our interactions in class and the many teams we were on. To the faculty that make this program an outstanding experience, and taught me real life skills that will continue to enhance my career. To my colleagues at AFWI, that have been patient with me as I pursued this degree. A special thanks to Col Howard Ward for being a great mentor and leader, and giving of his time to the IEM program. Mr. James “UW” Powell for giving me the confidence to take on this challenge, and writing an outstanding recommendation letter to get me into the program, still can’t believe they bought it, and providing a tool that helped in keeping my research organized and saved me countless hours. My personal dedications and acknowledgements are on the thesis itself.

The paper is under the button that says “The Thesis”.

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Articles used in the paper.

Here is the list of Academic Articles used for the paper:

1 – A new model of strategic thinking competency

2 – Business wargaming – simulations guide crucial strategy decisions

3 – Business wargaming for teaching strategy making

4 – End-state wargaming

5 – Game Playing Filling Corporate Boardrooms

6 – hbr-shape-strategy

7 – Inventing a future for strategic leadership – phenomenal variety and epistemic opportunities

8 – Investigating the effects of IS strategic leadership on organizational benefits from the perspective of CIO strategic roles

9 – Leadership practices that encourage strategic thinking

10 – Preparing for Black Swan Risks

11 – Strategic Decision Making – Process, Models, and Theories

12 – Teaching Decision Makers to Learn from Scenarios – A Blueprint for Implementation

13 – The red team Forging a well-conceived contingency plan

14 – The-Art-of-Wargaming-article

15 – Toward a history-based doctrine for wargaming

16 – TRENDS IN MODERN WAR GAMING The Art of Conversation

17 – War gaming in the information age Theory and purpose

18 – Wargames Revival Breaks New Ground An ancient art is helping national leaders chart new courses into the 21st century

19 – Wargames, From Gladiators to Gigabytes

20 – DYNAMIC COMPETITIVE SIMULATION WARGAMING AS A STRATEGIC TOOL

21 – War-gaming network-centric warfare

22 – Wargaming The key to planning success

23 – Using the Balanced Scorecard as a Strategic Management System 

24 – Strategic_gaming_for_the_national security

25 – ADJUDICATION The Diabolus in Machina of War Gaming

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Reflections on the last day…

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It’s 4:30 AM, and I’m having my coffee before heading to Montgomery. I just wanted to take a moment and look back at this semester, as it was a complete blur. When I get home from work tonight, I will give the paper a final read through and post it up here. I’m happy with the product I will turn in, considering the time constraints. I feel like I only scratched the surface of many ideas in the paper, and would have loved to dive deeper but couldn’t. I will get my chance to explore further as I move on and pursue my PhD. This was a lesson I needed in what it will take to fulfill my end goal of a PhD. before heading on that journey. I have had the opportunity to meet with the expert of wargaming Dr. Perla, and work in wargames while writing about them. I have a deeper appreciation for what we do at the LeMay Wargaming Center, and look forward to exploring wargaming even further in the next few years.

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Books consumed for research…

Business Wargaming
Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning
World Class IT StrategyGame Storming
Wargames From Gladiators to Gigabytes
The Art of Wargaming Business War Games Scenario Planning in Organizations The Black Swan

Wargaming For LeadersThe Strategic CIO

These are the books I read this semester to research this paper, along with the many academic journals. The ironic part is most were actually read while I was participating in a wargame. During our “Futures” and “JLASS” wargames I would read every moment I was free…

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