A Surprising Symbiosis: Examining the Mutualism in Department of Defense Conservation Partnerships
Date of Award
Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Department of Operational Sciences
Benjamin T. Hazen, PhD.
Because of the DoD’s unique and significant role in the conservation of natural resources, military leaders and natural resource managers need a trail guide to frame interagency collaboration in a way that shapes productive partnerships. The purpose of this research was to examine successful DoD conservation partnerships in order to identify key success factors (KSFs) and the most prominent challenges faced, and how those characteristics enable the accomplishment of each partner’s objectives. The research questions were answered through a comprehensive literature review and the use of the multiple-case study method. 19 key informants from three installations participated in semi-structured interviews, and the solicitation of documentation and archival records from the same installations provided additional data. The research identified four themes of KSFs that enhance a partnership’s ability to overcome four key groups of challenges. The presence of these KSFs, and the partnership’s ability to overcome the challenges, leads to the achievement of three main categories of organizational objectives. The culmination of this effort was the development of a collaborative guide and framework to outline the key elements in the formation and maintenance of successful partnerships. Finally, recommendations to implement this framework, along with recommendations for future research, are discussed.
DTIC Accession Number
Lankow, Andrew J., "A Surprising Symbiosis: Examining the Mutualism in Department of Defense Conservation Partnerships" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 1846.