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Army Company-Grade Leaders' Perspectives of Resilience Training: A Case Study
by Womack, Carl E., Jr., Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2019, 273; 13814145
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative descriptive multiple case study was to understand what were a group of former company-grade leaders’ perspectives of Army resilience training and how these perspectives impacted training transfer of resilience training in their former units. The theoretical framework underpinning this research was Holton’s human resource development evaluation research and measurement model. Two research questions were posed in this study: 1. What were a group of former Army company-grade leaders’ perspectives of resilience training? 2. How did former Army company-grade leaders’ perspectives of resilience training relate to their prioritization, implementation, and fostering of a supportive climate for resilience training within their former units? A homogeneous purposive sampling strategy was used to recruit 10 former company-grade leaders near an Army installation in the southwestern United States. Data was collected from three sources using within-method triangulation: focus groups, open-ended in-depth individual interviews, and historical documents. Data analysis included thematic analysis and both deductive and inductive coding. Four themes emerged from the data relating to the training transfer of Army resilience training: perception of training, transfer climate, external events, and organizational training management indiscipline. Ineffective resilience training instructors were the catalyst driving negative affective reactions from former company-grade leaders. This, in turn, contributed to their negative utility perception of Army resilience training. This negative perspective of resilience training transcended individual leaders and permeated their unit’s climate, creating a barrier to the transfer of resilience training to soldiers within these leaders’ former units.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Burner, Kerry
Commitee: Harada, Coreen M., Miller, Heather
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Occupational psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Army, Military, Perception of training, Resilience, Training transfer, Transfer climate
Publication Number: 13814145
ISBN: 978-1-392-03408-8
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