‘The Soldier’ is a critical reflection on a decisive moment. It was initially submitted as an assignment to meet one of the requirements of an MBA course in managerial decision making. Previous research has discussed the design of this course, and has analysed more than 150 assignments for indicators that the course empowered students. In contrast, the current research provides an in-depth analysis of a single assignment. The nature of student learning is discussed at some length, along with the value obtained from critical reflection.
Biographical details: Roger Margetts, ONZM Background: Roger was born in Papakura New Zealand and received his secondary education at Wesley College in Paerata, Pukekohe. Experience: He has operational experience in the Pacific and the Middle East. Most notably Middle East service in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also served in overseas staff planning appointments including experience with Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). In 2005 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit recognising NZSAS operations in Afghanistan. He was also awarded the United States Army Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of Joint Command and Staff College New Zealand and holds a Graduate diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Massey University, New Zealand. Roger is also a graduate of the United States Joint Forces Staff College’s – Senior Joint Warfare program in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2014 he was awarded a Freyberg academic scholarship by the Chief of Army allowing him to attend the Masters in Business Administration program at Victoria University of Wellington. Family: Roger is married to Kathy and together they have an adult daughter who is an officer in the nursing corps and a son at secondary school.