Accession Number:

ADA415778

Title:

The Defense Civilian Workforce - Transformational Changes

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Today, the DOD and Army civilian workforce is facing complex transformational change. As a result, skepticism and, perhaps, fear may begin to appear to dominate the DOD civilian workforces thinking as the pace and complexity of the changes move forward. Complex transformational change is very difficult. As Secretary Rumsfeld stated in a September 2001 speech, Change is hard. Its hard for some to bear, and its hard for all of us to achieve.. Some speculate that these changes will transform the civilian system, structures and business processes to provide an agile, flexible and innovative civilian workforce and free up resources. Others see the changes creating chaos and an unmanageable state of affairs that brings neither reform nor resources. Using a change management lens of process and communication, this paper will examine the Defense leaderships current and proposed initiatives affecting the Defense civilian workforce to determine whether the transformational changes will be successful. Success is defined as a change process so motivationally powerful that it can overcome bureaucratic inertia and gain a true commitment from the workforce to make the changes work.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE