MOTIVATIONAL FACTORS AFFECTING ARMY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PERSONNEL.
Technical research rept.,
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH PITTSBURGH PA
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Effective personnel management of civilian employees in the Army is hampered by a number of recurring problems. The Military Selection Research Laboratory, U. S. Army Personnel Research Office, has monitored research contracts on three pressing problems concerning 1 determinants of job content for civilian executives, 2 motivation factors for civilian scientists, and 3 local factors affecting selection of first-line supervisors. The present study, conducted by the American Institutes for Research, deals with the second of the three problems and seeks to determine the factors in the individual research scientist and in the work environment in Army R and D laboratories which contribute to positive and to negative motivation on the part of the civilian research staff. The study was begun in the summer of 1964 when approximately 600 R and D scientists and engineers from 12 Army installations were asked to describe specific events and conditions in work experience and environment that had had positive or negative effect on their job attitudes. A checklist, based on the incidents collected, was constructed and administered to a larger sample of the same population N 4000 in GS Grade 11 and higher during March and April 1965. In analyses of the checklist data, relationships between job events leading to work satisfaction or dissatisfaction and individual characteristics were examined. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations