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ANALYZING CULTURE AND READINESS: A MARINE CORPS RESERVE DILEMMA

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Authors
Alvarez, Diego
Subjects
Competing Values Framework
Marine Forces Reserves
MARFORRES
Select Marine Corps Reserves
SMCR
Organizational Cultural Assessment Instrument
OCAI
leadership culture
activation readiness
Advisors
Powley, Edward H., IV
Tick, Simona L.
Date of Issue
2023-06
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis generates a conceptual framework to support identifying metrics of the four dimensions of unit culture that can predict Marine Forces Reserves (MARFORRES) activation readiness. Using the Competing Values Framework’s Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument, I identify metrics of unit culture among data currently collected by MARFORRES and test their ability to predict activation readiness. Further, I examine whether the relation between unit culture and activation readiness differs by major subordinate command characteristics, such as size. To that end, I estimate linear regression models of unit culture and major subordinate commands using metrics from Borrego on mental health readiness and attrition rates across 27 MARFORRES units. I find little variation in metrics of unit culture and no ability to predict mental health readiness. Additionally, the use of correlation analysis found both positive and negative correlations between culture and the Force Readiness Activation Assessment Program’s inspection results. Understanding the impact of unit leadership culture on readiness, SMCR leaders can change the construct of their unit’s organizational culture to meet the demanding requirements of activation readiness. The analysis suggests that Control and Compete cultures have positive impacts on a unit’s ability to activate. I recommend and outline steps for conducting future research and to promote these culture types prior to the activation of a unit.
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Department of Defense Management (DDM)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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