Organization Development: An Approach for Achieving Desired Organizational Goals within the Venezuelan Navy.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Venezuelan Navy has evolved over the last 30 years into a very professional, well trained, and highly educated organization. Even so, it is still confronting several organizational problems. Although the second smallest of the Armed Services of the country, the Navy is responsible for very sophisticated weapon systems and for being, maintaining and operating an efficient peacetime force. Today, the Venezuelan Navy faces one of its greatest challenges, namely to keep its high performance standards in the face of a huge budget cut, resulting from the income reduction due to declines in the worlds oil price. This thesis examines the need to bring Organization Development into the organization in the immediate future. After analyzing the Latin-American environment, the Venezuelan Socio-Cultural traits, and the Navys particularities, the concept of tropicalized OD is brought into the discussion. The view is taken that in order to effectively use OD, consideration of the adaptations of OD practice are required to help the Venezuelan Navy to achieve a fit among its processes, the people, and the environment. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics