Accession Number:

ADA209124

Title:

An Analysis Study Describing the Organizational Culture of the Army National Guard and Its Effects on Readiness

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

98.0

Abstract:

The principal method used to determine the military readiness within the Department of Defense is the readiness reporting system, which serves as a resource management tool that seeks to quantify the measurable variables such as equipment, training, and personnel. The system, however, does not address subjective variables such as morale, commitment, leadership, discipline, and cohesion that may affect a units combat performance. These variables are difficult, if not impossible to quantify and measure. Organizational culture, as a concept, has taken center stage as a major concern in organizational studies. It has become a widely acclaimed metaphor for understanding how organizations differ how members develop bonding, or cohesion and how members interact. It includes values, beliefs, norms, assumptions, and cohesiveness. Utilizing the ethnographic approach, which emphasizes participant-observation, supplemented by survey research, this study examines the Army National Guard and suggests another way of viewing readiness, that is, through the lens of organizational culture. The results imply that there is one pervasive military culture permeating both active and reserve components. However, within the Guard a sub- culture exists that has as its very core, a shared value system that places emphasis on the freedom of the citizen to pursue hisher own interests, while at the same time providing for the common defense of the community and nation the citizen soldier. Ethnography, Theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE