Mayaguez Organizational Theory

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Applying selected concepts of organizational theory to the Mayaguez incident of 1975 leads to a more comprehensive understanding of events and more accurate lessons learned. Application of organizational theory demonstrates the decision processes at the executive level left the military operation vulnerable to failure. Henry Mintzberg structural contingency model and Lee Bowman and Terrence Deal organizational theory are used and are applied to executive behind focusing on the executive level is twofold: First, it is where final critical decisions were made, and second, military operations cannot take place without an executive authorization. The Mayaguez crisis was rife with potential pitfalls and, though President Ford was equipped…show more content…
John F. Guilmartin Jr., professor of history at Ohio State University and author of A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 1995). His firsthand knowledge as a participant in the Mayaguez incident greatly facilitated our research. He graciously donated his time to our seemingly endless questions. Dr. Guilmartin still lives by the motto of the Air Force combat rescue community: Our group also thanks the survivors of Koh Tang Island who interviewed with us via email and telephone communication. Specifically, Col. (Ret.) James Davis, Mr. Bob Blough, Mr. Dan Hoffman, and Mr. Larry Barnett all contributed to our research efforts on the Mayaguez incident. Without their firsthand accounts and invaluable insight, we would not have been able to draw the correct conclusions for our analysis. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from the nation instruct and continue the education process of the military community. We are indebted to them not only for their contribution to our thesis, but for their military service to this great nation. xiii THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK xiv I.
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