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Human Resource Implications Of Structural Changes In OSD

Richard A. Cosier

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Recommendations to change the structure of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) have been offered in the Staff Report to the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate (1985) and the Final Report by the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (1986). Both reports pay little attention to the human implications of structural change. This paper argues that incentives are an important mediator between people and structure. Also, the preferred management style of key leaders needs to fit the organization structure. The Blue Ribbon (Packard) Commission recommendations appear compatible with current incentives and values. However, the Staff Report has major implications requiring changes in job designs and management styles in OSD.