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US Army Organizational Culture's Effect on Innovation and Creativity

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Technical Report,05 Jun 2016,25 May 2017

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This monograph seeks to explore the relationship between US Army culture and innovation. The research question explored in this study is identifying whether or not US Army culture unintentionally impedes innovation and creativity by embracing an extraverted leadership ideal. The intent of this study is to identify potential problems and solutions for the Army to examine and integrate for the purposes of creating a more effective organization. The relationship between the organizational culture of the US Army and the integration of underutilized personality types is key to this study. This monograph reviews US Army doctrine, organizational, leadership, and psychological theory. As part of a holistic approach to this study, analysis focuses on the quiet influence process, US Army leadership doctrine and culture, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI distribution within the Army, US Army Process losses and inefficiencies, recommendations, and the way forward. This monograph presents an argument for a shift in US Army culture as well as potential solutions for integrating and leveraging introverted personality types to optimize teamwork, cooperation, and communication for the purposes of generating innovation and creativity.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Psychology

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