Accession Number:

ADA196296

Title:

The Role of Organizational Culture in the Leadership of United States Air Force Services Squadrons

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this monograph is to examine the role organizational culture plays in the leadership of United States Air Force USAF Services squadrons. While some might argue that the study of organizational culture is a somewhat vague notion, there is significant theory and findings to show otherwise. In their now famous look at excellent organizations, Peters and Waterman 1982, p.75 found that without exception, the dominance and coherence of culture proved to be an essential quality of excellent companies...In these companies, people way down the line know what they are supposed to do in most situations because the handful of guiding values is crystal clear. While Peters and Waterman looked from a subjective standpoint on how an organization feels, there is some quantitative research that backs up their claims. In 1984, Daniel Dennison studied 34 American corporations to determine the link between organizational culture and financial performance as indicated by Standard and Poors financial ratios. In summarizing his findings, Dennison states the data presented here provide hard evidence that the cultural and behavioral aspects of organizations are intimately linked to both short-term performance and long-term survival.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE