An Analysis and Comparative Study of Job Characteristics and Job Satisfaction in the Air Force Transportation Officer Career Field.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This research project looked at job characteristics, job enrichment potential, and job satisfaction levels in the Transportation Officer career field. The Job Diagnostic Survey was applied to a census of transportation officers. Survey results were analyzed and interpreted in the context of Hackman and Oldhams Job Characteristics Model. Additionally, job satisfaction questions from the survey were used to construct a job satisfaction variable for analyses of groups within the career field. A literature review addressed the evolutionary process in the field of human behavior which resulted in Hackman and Oldhams development of the Job Characteristics Model and the Job Diagnostic Survey. The literature review also explained how the Job Characteristics Model and the Job Diagnostic Survey can be applied to the study of job redesign potential. Survey results indicated that transportation officers are more satisfied with their job than the average managerial worker and as a group would not benefit significantly from job redesign. Analysis, within the career field, revealed that Duty Officers are the least satisfied transportation officers among all grades. No significant difference was found in mean satisfaction levels among different Major Commands.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations