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Robyn Ferguson

Robyn Ferguson

PhD Candidate


Robyn is a PhD Candidate in Defence Studies and is interested in understanding how defence organizations adapt management knowledge.  She is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point (Bachelor of Science) and has served 25 years in the US Army as an intelligence officer, technical counterintelligence battalion commander, planner, and long-term strategist. She holds Masters of Arts (MA) from both the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Master of Science (MS) from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Her military service includes duty in the Republic of Korea, Germany, Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as within the continental United States and Hawaii. She has served in both tactical and strategic assignments including service with the National Intelligence University, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.  She also served one year as a UN Military Observer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is proficient in French, Mandarin Chinese, and Tagalog.

Thesis Title

United States Department of Defense Adaptation of Management Knowledge; Case Studies in Strategy, Performance Management and HR Reform


This study seeks to understand how the US DOD adapts management knowledge through three case studies of DOD adaptations of strategy, performance management, and HR theory from the private sector.  It will examine these cases studies through the lenses of organizational behavior, political economy, and management knowledge diffusion theory to understand how DOD adapted management knowledge.  The study also seeks to identify those factors that affected successful and unsuccessful adaptations.

Research Interests

Management Knowledge Diffusion, Political Economy, Organizational Behavior, Competitive Strategy, Net Assessment, Military Information, Information Warfare


Dr. Marc Schelhase (Defense Studies Department) and Professor Ewan Ferlie, PhD (King’s Business School)