Frontline Command

Reflections on Practice and Research

By Jelle Groenendaal

Some frontline organizations presume that frontline command (defined as the direct supervision of frontline workers by frontline commanders) is required for frontline work to be effective. However, little scholarly effort has been devoted to investigate frontline command. This thesis investigates the effectiveness of frontline command in police organizations responsible for major criminal investigation, as well as the response organization of the fire service. Several research methods are used to get a better understanding of the degree to which frontline command can be studied. Contrary to the expectations of frontline organizations and many frontline commanders, the book's findings suggest that, in current practice, frontline commanders contribute to the effectiveness of frontline work only to a limited extent. However, in theory there is still a need for frontline command. The book suggests that frontline command can be appropriately studied, and therefore calls for more empirical research to uncover the effects of frontline command and the degree to which it can be improved in practice. Implications for practice are provided. Thesis. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: Criminology, Policing]

Publication Date: 6/29/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462365841

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