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Quantitative Methods for Analysing Joint Questionnaire Data: Exploring the Role of Joint in Force Design

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Technical Report

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DSTO Defence Science and Technology Organisation Fishermans Bend Victoria Australia

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In 2012 and 2013, the Joint and Operations Analysis Division conducted a survey data collection activity with the aim of exploring the role of Joint in Force Design. The study postulated that Joint, is a complex and abstract concept at best, and can be represented conceptually by a three dimensional space comprising Coordination and Organisation Social Capital and Optimisation of the Socio-technical Systems. Given the variability of the joint activities selected by respondents, and the small sample size, quantitative analysis was conducted on the collected data. This statistical analysis and visualisation helped triangulate the studys findings, and provided a measure of confidence in the respondents complex, multi-faceted joint responses. The analyses included Chi-Squared, Hierarchical and K-Means Cluster, Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and Generalised Least Squares. Three-dimensional cube visualisation and weighted two-dimensional representations of a groups measure of Jointness were produced. These were used to relate participants views held on aspects of capital, coordination, and socio-technical systems. This document will discuss the specific methods used and the insights gained as a result.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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