The Impact of HRA Information on the Promotion to Major.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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In this research, a policy-capturing model was employed to investigate the reaction of Air Force colonels to different forms of personnel replacement information. The investigation was structured as a promotability rating decision in which each officer was asked to rate thirty-six hypothetical captains for promotion to major. These thirty-six decisions were composed of three sets of twelve decisions, identical in all aspects, but for a changing factor described as the cost of replacing a separated officer--or replacement information. The replacement information was in two forms--nonmonetary and monetary. These data forms were structured in three ways 1 nonmonetary alone, 2 monetary alone, and 3 nonmonetary combined with monetary redundant. Data collected from these colonels were used to test research hypotheses, and the findings indicate the form of the replacement information nonmonetary versus monetary affects the promotability rating rendered by these officers. Also, the importance placed upon the replacement information is affected by its form, and the weight placed upon the monetary form of the replacement information is positively correlated with the highest level of assignment held by the individual. The data form of the replacement information affects the consistency of the officers decision making. Additionally, the findings show the officers were not successful in predicting the importance they actually placed upon each factor in completing the questionnaire. Finally the data indicated the officers decision making policies were not homogeneous they used a wide variety of decision policies in completing the questionnaire.
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