Accession Number : ADA620964


Title :   Improving the Signal for U.S. Navy Officer Productivity


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Ellison, Joshua C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620964.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 81


Abstract : The U.S. Navy's answer for many future manpower and financial policy questions rests on the ability of the individual performance appraisal system to optimally signal officer productivity. This paper utilizes the economics literature on individual performance appraisals and promotion systems as the lens through which to conduct a comparative analysis between the Navy and Marine performance appraisal systems. Rating accuracy, differentiation of talent, and performance comparison methods comprise the bulk of the analysis. The results show a Marine system that exceeds the Navy s in signal officer productivity. The Navy's system provides limited assurance for rating accuracy and the differentiation of talent. Once insight is gained through analysis, a metric is developed to further improve the measurement of individual productivity. This paper recommends the Navy improve rating accuracy through leadership messaging, policy change, and rater training. Second, relative comparison methods should be required to force differentiation of talent and align with the Navy's tournament theory incentive structure. Third, to reduce costs and improve human capital management an individual productivity metric should be developed that is based on the output of the performance appraisal.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL PERSONNEL , *PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS , *PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT) , COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS , LEADERSHIP , MANPOWER , MARINE CORPS , METRICS , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , OFFICER PERSONNEL , PERSONNEL RETENTION , PHYSICAL FITNESS , POLICIES , PRODUCTIVITY , RATINGS , SKILLS , THESES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE