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Project Title:

The Context of Military Environments: Social and Organizational Factors
PIN: DBASSE-BBCSS-11-02        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: DBASSE Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

RSO: Chauvin, Cherie

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; National Security and Defense


Project Scope
An ad-hoc committee of inter-disciplinary experts will synthesize and assess basic research opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences related to social and organizational factors that comprise the context of individual and small unit behavior in military environments. The committee will focus on tactical operations of small units and their leaders, to include the full spectrum of unique military environments including, for example, major combat operations, stability/support operations, peacekeeping, and military observer missions, as well as headquarters support units. Based on a careful review and collation of a variety of data, the committee will:

1.    Identify key contextual factors that shape individual and small unit behavior. Assess the state of the science regarding these factors.  Specifically, the committee will assess whether there are recent or emerging theoretical, technological, and/or statistical advances that have enabled or may enable new approaches and/or measurement capabilities to better understand social and organizational factors.

2.    Recommend an agenda for U.S. Army Research Institute's (ARI) future research in order to maximize the effectiveness of U.S. Army personnel policies and practices (e.g., initial processes of selection, recruitment, and assignment as well as career development practices in training and leadership development). This is related to contextual factors that influence individual and small unit behavior (including, but not limited, to task/situation, team, organizational, cultural, societal, and life cohort factors). In developing this research agenda, the committee will identify immediate research opportunities in the most promising topics; that is, those which are likely to have the highest near-term payoff in achieving organizational effectiveness.

3.    Specify the basic research funding level needed to implement the recommended agenda for future ARI research.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense
The approximate start date for the project is 09/15/2012.
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months.


 
Project Duration: 24 months    

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Meetings
 Meeting 1 - 03/04/2013
 Meeting 2 - 04/30/2013
 Meeting 3 - 09/11/2013
 Meeting 4 - 11/22/2013
 Meeting 5 - 09/23/2014

Reports

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The Context of Military Environments: An Agenda for Basic Research on Social and Organizational Factors Relevant to Small Units