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A grounded theory of U.S. Army installation realignment and closure leadership characteristics
by Murray, Theresa Marie, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2008, 363; 3326209
Abstract (Summary)

This grounded-theory study explored the Army leadership characteristics that supported successful installation realignments and closures overseas. Transcribed data from 28 leader and 8 subordinate and community member interviews, and historical artifacts relating to the period 2005 through 2007 were coded using a qualitative data analysis software program. Common themes that emerged from the data findings included (a) gaps between U.S.-based and Germany-based realignment and closure initiatives, (b) communication, (c) relationships, (d) supporting soldiers and families during war, and (e) taking care of people. The research findings indicate the core phenomenon of leadership characteristics that supported a successful installation realignment and closure process centers on goal determination. The causal conditions focused on (a) goal determination, (b) customer needs, (c) knowledge management, and (d) uncertainty. The research indicates the importance of flexible, adaptive, and innovative leadership, which represents the intervening variable to leader’s success in realigning and closing U.S. Army installations.

Indexing (document details)
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration, Military studies
Keywords: Army, Army strategy, Base closure, Department of Defense, Grounded theory, Installation realignment, Leader characteristics, Leadership, United States Army
Publication Number: 3326209
ISBN: 978-0-549-79751-7
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