Accession Number:

ADA601536

Title:

"OneDHS": The Department of Homeland Security's Organizational Culture

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-04-27

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

When DHS began operations in 2003, its employees had a common and solid mission to fight terrorism and they rallied around it with patriotic zeal. Today the mission is uncertain and the patriotic zeal diminished. Criticisms of DHS continue to increase while morale amongst DHS employees worsens. A transformational change within DHS needs to occur in order to improve the United States homeland security posture. One option for change is to adopt a coercive approach similar to the reform of the U.S. Department of Defense with the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols bill. Another option is to adopt a normative approach of organizational behavior focusing on changing values and beliefs. This approach has worked well for other societal problems like raising awareness for the environment, reduction of forest fires, and the increase in the usage of seat belts.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE