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ANALYSIS OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND NAVY UNIT PERFORMANCE

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Authors
Faraday, Dara N.
Glover, Nicky D.
Harris, Tyree E.
Subjects
diversity
representation
hypothesis testing
interdependence
diversity
success
contend
means
limitation
researchers
inclusion
risks
boundaries
representation
performance
institute
demographic
outcomes
broadest
performance
quantitative
develop
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Tick, Simona L.
Lester, Paul
Helzer, Erik
Date of Issue
2023-12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis investigates the impact of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, education level, and cultural diversity, on the performance of the Navy's guided-missile destroyers (DDGs). Analyzing data from 72 DDGs, or 22% of the U.S. Navy fleet, over six years, the study employs correlation and two-tailed test analyses to explore the link between crew diversity and unit performance. Key findings reveal marginal but significant correlations between diversity metrics, such as gender and race, and performance indicators like the Battle Effectiveness (Battle E) award and Mission Area Score (MA SCORE). For instance, a notable negative correlation was observed between the proportion of female crew members and the likelihood of receiving the Battle E award, although small effect sizes characterize these relationships. These results suggest that while diversity influences performance, it is not the determining factor. The data indicates that additional variables, including leadership quality, training, and crew resource management, may also significantly impact unit performance. Consequently, this study recommends that future research expand to include additional external variable factors, providing a more comprehensive view of the determinants affecting a navy unit's performance. Understanding the intricate relationship between diversity and performance is essential for developing effective strategies for overall Navy unit performance.
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Thesis
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Department of Defense Management (DDM)
Department of Defense Management (DDM)
Department of Defense Management (DDM)
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NPS Naval Research Program
This project was funded in part by the NPS Naval Research Program.
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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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