Cohesion: a new perspective
Braun, Daniel G.
Harris, Reuben T.
McGonigal, Richard A.
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Recently the U.S. Army has recognized the benefits to combat effectiveness and retention associated with building cohesion in small units and has established programs intended to build cohesion. These programs have focused on small units in the combat arms and rely primarily on building cohesion through increased continuity of the unit's personnel. Research has established the significance of homogeneity of work group members in the building of cohesion in work groups. This research develops a generalized model for the development of work group cohesion through the introduction of hypotheses. Data was collected to validate the model from units stationed in the Republic of Korea which were felt to be in worst case conditions of low continuity and heterogeneity of personnel. This generalized model may be applicable to all types of units through the management of the variables associated with the hypotheses accepted as part of the data analysis.
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