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Motivating the Army Acquisition Workforce

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Technical Report,27 Jul 2015,07 Apr 2016

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Defense Acquisition University Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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Many leaders and managers constantly deal with the problem of increasing their workforces motivation to improve organizational achievement. This is no different within the Army Acquisition Workforce AAW, a subset of Army employees that is in turn a subset of Department of Defense employees and of Federal employees as a whole. In order to provide AAW leaders and managers with insight about how to reach their workforce better, this study explores the motivation preferences of the AAW. The researcher leverages current discussion about motivation in general and public service motivation in particular, along with the results from the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, to study this unique public sector population. More specifically, this research study attempts to determine whether the AAW is primarily motivated by monetary incentives or by nonmonetary incentives. This study analyzes and summarizes motivation theory and strategies through a literature review. The researcher also conducted secondary research using the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, integrating the results into two motivation models as a means to survey the AAW motivation level and assess its motivation preferences. While this research study did not conclusively prove the AAW motivation preferences, the research, analysis, and data provide insight to supervisors and leaders wishing to increase the AAWs motivation.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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