A Qualitative Study of Air Mobility Command's Phoenix Horizon Reach Program
Technical Report,01 Jun 2018,14 Jun 2019
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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As one of AMCs premiere professional development programs, the Phoenix Horizon-Reach PH-R program has existed in its current unchanged form for 26 years. By analyzing the validity of the program in todays significantly changed environment and by identifying recommendations and opportunities for improvement, this paper will serve to strength the program to meet the difficult challenges outlined in the current NDS. As such, this graduate research paper analyzed program information, promotion data, and participant and non-participant interviews to evaluate one of Air Mobility Commands AMC leadership development programs, PH-R. In addition, the purpose of the research was to evaluate the programs ability to meet its original intent through a qualitative cost-benefit analysis to identify gaps and recommend program improvements. Additionally, promotion board data was analyzed, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 total rated officers, and various academic research findings were analyzed and incorporated on leadership development programs. The interviews included three General officers, six Colonels, six Lieutenant Colonels, and three Majors with both participation and non-participation in the program. The officers interviewed also were selected randomly to eliminate bias. Next, using qualitative analysis with Teschs eight-step coding process and NVivo analysis software, multiple themes were identified from the insights discovered during the interviews. Finally, through the analysis of themes from interviews combined with information learned during the literature review, a few areas of program improvement were identified.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations