Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the requirements for full -time manning within the Army National Guard
by Blaes, Jeanne Joachim, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2009, 133; 3341144
Abstract (Summary)

Strategic human capital management is a persistent challenge that many leaders of organizations face. Deploying the right skill sets, in the right places, at the right time is a delicate balance that all Human Resource (HR) managers should strive to achieve. Effective workforce planning is an essential tool to forecast suitable workload staffing levels, and justify budget allocations, so that the organizational leadership can achieve their stated long-term goals and objectives (Keel, 2006). Like many other organizations, the operating environment of the Army National Guard (ARNG) has been impacted by changes in national security, technology, budgets, demographics, and other factors. However, the full-time manning model has not transformed along with the ARNG's new organizational situations and missions. This may have resulted in a full-time labor force that is insufficient to accomplish the work required (Blum, 2007). The following qualitative dissertation study was designed to gain attitudinal insight, from a purposefully selected population, regarding the suitability and supportability of the current ARNG full-time manning model to meet the current and long-term strategic needs of the organization. A content examination of the attitudes reflected that significant weaknesses exist in the current ARNG manpower model. Key findings suggested a considerable gap in the published guidance and formulas used by the present model to compute ARNG manpower authorizations. A strongly perceived shortcoming was also observed regarding the correct mix and number of personnel. Furthermore, the study found that a majority of participants believed that alternative critical mission factors and key characteristics should be taken into consideration when computing FTS/FTM authorizations. A rank order of these factors and characteristics is provided in the study's findings. Research recommendations include improving the personnel resource administrator's general knowledge about the current manpower models, updating the present FTS manning guidelines, and continuing to work with lobbyists to seek a more abbreviated ramp-up of authorization percentages and gain congressional approval to base the ramp-up on more near-term requirements. A more complex and long-term recommendation was that the leadership of the National Guard Bureau and the Department of the Army reconsider the attributes of the present ARNG FTS manpower models.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Oedekoven, Olin
School: Northcentral University
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 69/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public administration, Military studies
Keywords: Army National Guard, Business, Full-time manning, Government, Human resource management, Manpower models, Workforce planning
Publication Number: 3341144
ISBN: 978-0-549-96464-3
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