Accession Number : ADA289840

Title :   Tacit Knowledge in Military Leadership: Evidence from Officer Interviews.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Apr 93-Jul 94,

Corporate Author : YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Horvath, Joseph A. ; Forsythe, George B. ; Sweeney, Patrick J. ; McNally, Jeffrey A. ; Wattendorf, John

PDF Url : ADA289840

Report Date : OCT 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : Eighty-one U.S. Army officers representing three organizational levels (platoon, company, and battalion) and all three branch categories were interviewed to elicit stories and observations revealing tacit knowledge for military leadership: the practical, action-oriented, leadership knowledge they had learned from practical experiences. Analyses of interview materials produced items of tacit knowledge for military leadership that were then cluster analyzed to identify groupings of knowledge. Results of the interviews are described with respect to patterns across leadership levels in the quantity, structure, and content of tacit knowledge for military leadership; implications of the patterns for development through experiential learning; and the functions of tacit knowledge in making concrete or augmenting Army leadership doctrine.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *LEARNING, *LEADERSHIP TRAINING, *INTERVIEWING, ORGANIZATIONS, LEADERSHIP, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, PERSONNEL, OFFICER PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE