The Effects of Leader Transition on Unit Performance: An Evaluation of The COMTRAIN Transition Guide
Final rept. Sep 1978-Sep 1979
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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Examined the effectiveness of a program of structured interviews COMTRAIN with battalion resource personnel in facilitating transition in command at the company level. Comparisons of 45 commanders who implemented the COMTRAIN transition package with 45 who did not demonstrated no overall performance enhancement from COMTRAIN use. However, COMTRAIN was found to improve performance ratings for commanders 1 without experience in the battalion prior to assumption of command 2 with an external orientation to perceived control 3 without command exposure during their previous assignment. Transition activities were found to impact most significantly immediately after transition with less impact over time. Other variables found to affect early performance were completion of the Officers Advanced Course, tenure with the battalion, previous assignment and prior command experience. Evaluations by COMTRAIN users were uniformly positive as to its benefit.
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