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PhD Defense B. Gans

Date: Time: 13:30 Location: Aula

Stabilisation operations as complex systems order and chaos in the interoperability continuum

There is little knowledge in regards to the influence of complex systems thinking on the strategic modelling of stabilisation operations. To better control the impact of information asymmetry in such context, this study focuses on gaining an understanding on how concepts and principles operate in theory and practice. Particularly, this study explores how the complexity of the environmental conditions influences stabilisation operations as complex systems. Second, it addresses subsequent influences on a system’s required self- organising ability to differentiate and integrate its various sub-systems, their organisational resources and competencies. Third, this study regards the development and adjustment of condition-dependent capabilities as key to reaching a state of dynamic equilibrium while processing, distributing and exchanging information. The aim of this study is both theoretical and practical: offering complex systems thinking as an alternative for the strategic modelling of stabilisation operations and supporting the debate over the extent to which integration is feasible and desirable.

Ben Gans (1981) graduated in public administration as well as business administration from the University of Amsterdam. As a career officer he serves within the ranks of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces. He is currently appointed to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he leads a new diplomatic mission in the Sahel region. Next to his service for the Dutch government, he is affiliated with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) where his research focuses on sustainable peacebuilding.

  • Location: Cobbenhagen building, Aula (access via Koopmans building)
  • Supervisor: Prof. P.M.A. Ribbers
  • Co-supervisors: Prof. P.C. van Fenema, Prof. S.J.H. Rietjens