Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 2: Case Studies of Organizational Learning in Five Terrorist Groups, Volume 2

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Rand Corporation, May 5, 2005 - Political Science - 214 pages
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Better ways are needed to understand how terrorist groups increase their effectiveness and become more dangerous. Learning is the link between what a group wants to do and its ability to actually do it; therefore, a better understanding of group learning might contribute to the design of better measures for combating terrorism. This study analyzes current understanding of group learning and the factors that influence it. It presents detailed case studies of learning in five terrorist organizations and develops a methodology for ascertaining what and why groups have learned, providing insights into their learning processes.

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Chapter One Introduction
Case Studies Prologue
Chapter Two Aum Shinrikyo
Chapter Three Hizballah the Party of God
Chapter Four Jemaah Islamiyah
Chapter Five Provisional Irish Republican Army
Chapter Six The Radical Environmentalist Movement
Theory and Application Prologue
Organizational LEarning as a FourComponent Process
The four COmponents of Organizational Learning in the Case Study Groups
Chapter Nine Concluding Observations

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* John C. Baker is a technology policy analyst at RAND specializing in commercial observation satellite issues. As a former research staff member at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute, he directed the South China Sea Remote Sensing pro

* Peter Chalk (PhD, political science, University of British Columbia) is an associate political scientist at RAND. Expertise includes South East Asia, international terrorism, terrorism and other emerging threats.

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