Soldier Perceptions of a Survey Question on The Quality of Leadership and Management: Data from Ten Focus Groups
Final rept. Feb-Jul 1993
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This research sought to determine whether soldiers differ in their interpretation of a particular survey item one that had been used in several recent surveys and, if they do, what some of those differences are. The research was designed less to test ideas or hypotheses than to generate them. The item asked soldiers how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with the quality of leadership and management and provided four response alternatives ranging from very satisfied to very dissatisfied. Forty officers and enlisted personnel, meeting in small groups that were homogeneous in rank, completed the survey, responded to a 2-item questionnaire concerning their interpretations of the item, and then participated in a follow-up discussion of those interpretations. Several generalizations hypotheses are suggested, along with some recommendations for revision. Leadership, Survey, Focus groups.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations