Innovation strategies for defence: the successful case of Defence Medical Services

Ford, Matthew, Hodgetts, Timothy and Williams, David (2017) Innovation strategies for defence: the successful case of Defence Medical Services. RUSI Journal, 162 (2). pp. 52-58. ISSN 0307-1847

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Abstract

Over the past 20 years, the Defence Medical Services (DMS, the umbrella organisation for medical provision within the British armed forces) has been innovating consistently and at pace within the Ministry of Defence. The result of this sustained effort has led to progressive improvement in the outcomes of the critically injured. Separately, it has also led to global transformational innovation in support of the response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Through planned and orchestrated interventions across the entire organisation, from leadership to technology, medical practices to training and organisational design, the DMS can legitimately claim to have achieved a ‘Revolution in Military Medical Affairs’. Matthew Ford, Timothy Hodgetts and David Williams examine the innovation lifecycle within the DMS as it defines its response to the challenges of the changing character of conflict and consider the way defence medicine is an example to the wider military.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Innovation, Military
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0173.2 Technological change
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0175 Industrial research. Research and development
U Military Science > U Military Science (General) > U027 History of military science
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Depositing User: Matthew Ford
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 11:41
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 11:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66825

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