Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015 International Annual Conference
American Society for Engineering Management International Annual Conference, 7-10 October 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Although downsizing has long been a topic of research in traditional organizations, there are very few studies of this phenomenon in military contexts. As a result, we have little understanding of the key factors that drive personnel downsizing in military setting. This study contributes to our understanding of key factors that drive personnel downsizing in military organizations and whether those factors may differ across NATO nations’ cultural clusters. The theoretical framework for this study was built from studies in non-military contexts and adapted to fit the military environment.
This research relies on historical data from one of the largest multinational coalition forces worldwide. Time series cross-sectional dynamic panel data from 28 NATO countries over 23 years (1990-2012) were gathered. A series of analyses by using Arellano-Bond Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) one-step difference method with robust standard errors were conducted in two steps. For the first step, an inspection of the key factors that drive personnel downsizing was analyzed by using Stata ‘xtabond’ estimation. For the second step, an analysis of whether or not the key factors differ across NATO nations’ cultural clusters was conducted. The findings from this research contribute to the discipline of engineering management by providing a model to improve our understanding and ability to predict future personnel downsizing decisions and to increase our understanding of military governance not only NATO wide but also worldwide. Differences found across cultural clusters make this study more noteworthy.
Original Publication Citation
Gorkem, I., Unal, R., & Pazos, P. (2015). Key factors driving personnel downsizing in multinational military organizations. In S. Long, E-H. Ng, & A. Squire (Eds.), Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015 International Annual Conference (pp. 1-10). American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).
Gorkem, Ilksen; Unal, Resit; and Pazos, Pilar, "Key Factors Driving Personnel Downsizing in Multinational Military Organizations" (2015). Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Faculty Publications. 130.