Publication
Title
Assessing the terrorist threat : impact of the group's organizational design?
Author
Abstract
Each terrorist organization faces a critical tradeoff between effectively managing the organization's violent behavior while remaining secure from counterterrorism efforts. Drawing on organization theory and terrorism literature, this article develops theoretical linkages between the organizational design of a terrorist group and this critical tradeoff. It considers the impact of four key design parameters: membership, operational space and time, formalization, and centralization. The first two structural parameters construct the physical anatomy of a terrorist organization. The latter two structuring parameters prescribe or restrict the behavior within this organizational context. Net advantages by means of rising structural design parameter values are increasingly offset by the organizational strength and security vulnerabilities that inherently follow from the rising structuring parameters.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Studies in conflict and terrorism. - New York
Publication
New York : 2016
ISSN
1057-610X
Volume/pages
39:2(2016), p. 106-127
ISI
000367751900002
Full text (Publishers DOI)
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UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identification
Creation 16.02.2016
Last edited 25.04.2017
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