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Director of Publications
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Dr. James G. Pierce is a retired U.S. Army colonel and is currently the Director of Publications, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. As a career officer on active duty, Dr. Pierce served in a variety of command and staff positions. These assignments included: Commander, Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA; Director, Strategic Leadership Studies, Department of Distance Education, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA; and as a senior advisor to the Iraqi Security Forces Deputy Chief of Staff for Training and Doctrine. As a Department of the Army civilian, Dr. Pierce was also the Director, Army Transformation Team, Army G-8, for Stryker Brigade Combat Team-6. His research and writing interests include organizational theory, leadership and decision-making theory, and public ethics. Dr. Pierce received a B.A. in political science from LaSalle College, Philadelphia, PA; an M.S. in systems management from the University of South California, Los Angeles, CA; a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA; and a Ph.D. in public administration from the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA.
Authored by Dr. James G. Pierce.
In this study of the organizational culture of the U.S. Army, Dr. Pierce has reviewed a previously assumed but unverified connection between organizational culture and professional development. The study has uncovered a lack of congruence between the dominant type of organizational culture of the U.S. Army and the professional managerial/leadership skills of its senior level leaders. This observed lack of congruence may be inhibiting performance and unconsciously perpetuating a cycle of caution and an overreliance on stability and control. The data indicate that the U.S. Army is illustrative of an organization that emphasizes stability and control, and one that attempts to comprehend the ambiguity of the future through an unconscious reliance upon the successful solutions employed in the past.