Accession Number : AD0665669

Title :   THE SAMOA METHOD OF DETERMINING TECHNICAL, ORGANIZATIONAL, AND COMMUNICATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF TASK CLUSTERS.

Descriptive Note : Technical bull.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Carr,Malcolm J.

Report Date : NOV 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The report describes a pilot study of a research method for collecting and analyzing occupational information to be used as a major input for the development of an occupational classification structure suitable for the next decade. This approach is termed the 'SAMOA' method (Systematic Approach to Multidimensional Occupational Analysis). The pilot study demonstrates the technical feasibility of the method for determining current work requirements. The rationale upon which the research was based is that (a) the enlisted occupational classification structure must be based upon valid work requirements; (b) current methods for determining work requirements on a large scale are too slow, too subjective, and limited primarily to the technical dimensions of work; and, therefore, (c) development of improved procedures for determining work requirements is a necessity. The SAMOA method consists of two major phases: (1) Specification of specialty areas by means of a computerized clustering program which identifies relatively homogeneous work groups on the basis of similarity of task patterns; and (2) stratifying such groups (clusters) on the basis of Technical, Organizational, and Communicational variables by means of a set of computerized procedures. Indices of these variables form the basis for cluster profiles which constitute the primary input for an occupational classification structure. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL PERSONNEL, CLASSIFICATION), (*JOB ANALYSIS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS), QUESTIONNAIRES, STANDARDIZATION, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE