A Comparative Study of the Effects of Succession in a Military and a Business Organization: A Critique and a Reanalysis,
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The general purpose is to reanalyze and evaluate one piece of research which needs to be placed in the proper perspective. This is a research effort conducted by Professor Oscar Grusky and described in an article entitled The Effects of Succession A Comparative Study of Military and Business Organization. Grusky, 1964. The purposes here are 1 to elaborate some of the substantive and methodological weaknesses in that study 2 to develop alternative explanations and suggested hypotheses for the relationships between the variables which Grusky explored 3 to develop and provide the rationale for several sets of suggested hypotheses which should be explored if we are to have confidence in our knowledge of these phenomena and 4 to illustrate several pitfalls in research of this type which should be avoided if possible in future research efforts.
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