Accession Number:

ADA478312

Title:

Army Transformation: A Cultural Change

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

Over the past seven years the Army has undergone one of the most aggressive periods of change in its long history. While almost completely engaged with the Global War on Terrorism, the Army has simultaneously modernized its legacy fleet, developed and deployed an interim force, spent billions of dollars on the research and development of the Objective Force and the Future Combat System FCS, and began the immense transition to the Modular Force. This research paper will explore the Armys Transformation envisioned by the last two Chiefs of Staff of the Army during this period, General Eric Shinseki and General Peter Schoomaker, through a lens of cultural change. This paper will also explain why cultural change is important from a strategic perspective, and examine the significant changes made by General Shinseki and General Schoomaker through the lens of the Culture-Embedding Mechanisms. Understanding the effective approaches of organizational cultural change will benefit current and future Army leaders and provide insights for the future on maintaining irreversible momentum towards Transformation despite the complex and expensive global conflicts.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE