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Organizational Manipulation

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Psychology and Modern Warfare

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Businesses, charities, clubs, governments, and all forms of organizations are illustrations of the psychology behind the manner in which people coordinate their collective efforts to achieve a common goal. The structure of the organization, the roles of each individual within it, the allocation of resources and responsibilities, and even the interpersonal interactions that occur within the organization will all have traits in common with other organizations of a similar nature—a nature that will be defined largely by the goals and size of the organization. There are consistencies in many key components of every organization’s functions and structure that not only make them predictable and able to be analyzed in order to collect critical intelligence about their intentions and activities, but these components can even be altered for the purposes of accomplishing any number of strategic goals relevant to their relationship with the opposition. Since a combat force doesn’t actually produce any of their own services and supplies (or anything at all, for that matter), they must rely on a large variety of other organizations in order to facilitate their operations. In addition to the opposing combat organization itself, any organization that supports the opposition (or even tertiary organizations that support the supporting organizations) may provide important opportunities to influence the functions and movements of the opposition itself.

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Taillard, M., Giscoppa, H. (2013). Organizational Manipulation. In: Psychology and Modern Warfare. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137347329_20

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