A Thematic Assessment of the Organizational Climate in the Army's Contracting Workforce
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA MONTEREY United States
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This research assesses the four open-ended responses derived from the U.S. Army acquisition workforce job satisfaction and environment climate evaluation study, conducted by Magen McKeithen in 2016. A thematic analysis addressed the four open-ended responses concerning job satisfaction, career enhancement, compensation, and organizational justice to identify common themes that affect the organizational climate in the Armys contracting workforce. The themes identified highlight that the responses from the open-ended questions correlate with key organizational climate dimensions that can positively affect and improve job satisfaction in the workplace. Identification of these themes also demonstrated that leaders and employees workplace relationship is critical for an effective organizational climate. Having competent personnel, capable processes, and effective internal controls in place can further improve the organizational climate. Interrater reliability checks were also used to corroborate findings. The assessment results will provide Army senior leaders with recommendations to improve current systemic issues revolving around the recruitment and retention goals of the Armys contracting professionals. A consideration for future research is to analyze the organizational climate for the other services to help identify common themes and assist the Department of Defense in enhancing organizational climate and improving overall job satisfaction across the contracting workforce.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Administration and Management