An Evaluation of Organizational Development as Applied to the Air Force Materials Laboratory.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The study attempts to determine if Organizational Development OD as applied to the Air Force Materials Laboratory AFML was effective in improving the health of the organization. The health of AFML was ascertained through the measurement of internal variables with a questionnaire constructed around five improvement goals. This questionnaire was used to survey the entire organization to collect current data and, since pre-OD or baseline data had not been collected, to collect baseline data. Every one of the nineteen questions on the questionnaire measured statistically significant improvement. Improvements appeared to be achieved in spite of three characteristics of AFMLs OD process which detracted from its results. These characteristics were a belated and incomplete application to the lower line levels, lack of a systematic application, and a failure of the OD participants to communicate with others. These characteristics were probably responsible for the high correlation between attitude toward OD and participation in OD as well as between attitude toward OD and job satisfaction. Modified author abstract
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations