Reflections on the use of power in the Army: An investigation of the effect on organizational commitment from the perspective of the soldier

by Davis-Harrison, Janice, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 113 pages; 3498085


An influx of uses of power and authority adorn headline news reports. Many of the headlines are aimed at reporting corporate America's mishaps with chief executive officers and their mishandling of investors' finances. In recent times, reports of power and its use have come to the forefront when analyzing unit readiness in the U.S. armed forces. In assessing the use of power and the effect it has on soldier commitment, the purpose of this study was to gain insight on how retired U.S. Army soldiers perceived power to be used within Army organizations. The Organizational Commitment Questionnaire, Special Events in the Workplace, and Job Description Index were questionnaires employed during this study. The results of the study indicated that superiors were most responsible for experienced nonphysical abuse in the workplace and the effect of that abuse on subordinates was negative. However, the vast majority of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with their job and there was no significant difference in the level of organizational commitment for the impact of nonphysical abuse categories. In fact, most respondents indicated that they had high levels of organizational commitment. Insights from this study might provide U.S. Army personnel with data necessary to train leaders on how to use power effectively to gain compliance, thereby creating a positive organizational culture.

AdviserFrank DeCaro
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Public administration; Organizational behavior; Military studies
Publication Number3498085

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