The Challenges of Commanding Modular Organizations: Based on a Modified Delphi Analysis of the U.S. Army

The Challenges of Commanding Modular Organizations: Based on a Modified Delphi Analysis of the U.S. Army

Author: 
Demetrious G. Cleotelis
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
To ensure competitive advantages and remain a sustainable fighting force within a global environment that is rapidly changing periodic checks are required to maintain a balanced and stable system. In this current research study a qualitative method, using a modified Delphi research design, was implemented to examine the challenges of commanding modular organizations through the ARFORGEN process within the U.S. Army while determining whether the underlying root cause of the challenge was leadership or process based. A study that probes both the ARFORGEN synchronization and modularity processes through a qualitative analysis could remedy the situation, create better understanding, and increase the long-term effects that influence strategic alignment of the organization. A panel of informed participants with experience as modular brigade and battalion commanders who used ARFORGEN participated in the modified Delphi study over the course of two rounds of questionnaires. The findings and conclusions of research questions indicated it is possible to determine the didactic nature between how a leader operates and the processes implemented to identify root causes for the challenges of commanding in a modular organizations. According to the informed participants’ interviewed in this study, the majority indicated that process was the overwhelming choice as the cause for integration challenges.
Dedication: 
Freedom is not free—this dissertation is dedicated to all U.S. Warfighters around the globe that continue to fight, have fought, or who have already paid the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. Their personal courage and dedication allows every American the opportunity to live peacefully without fear. You have my admiration, respect, and a heartfelt thank you for everything you do to protect my freedom. I also dedicate this dissertation to my wife Heidi who has been my best friend, chief counsel, and primary supporter throughout this journey to educational enlightenment. Without her presence, support, comprehension of the task I would not have been able to achieve my goal. You are my inspiration and I love you very mucho. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention and dedicate a portion of this dissertation to my parents, Hippocrates (George) and Jan Cleotelis. From a young age, both instilled the values, common sense, and work ethics that propelled me to find any avenue or way forward and succeed at whatever I put my mind to do. Thank you for all the love and support that you have provided through the years. I hope this accomplishment allows you to beam with pride.
Acknowledgements: 
Thank you to my doctoral mentor and committee chair, Dr. T. Lee Burnham, for your patience, guidance, feedback, and assistance throughout the dissertation process. Thank you also to my doctoral committee members Dr. Gwenn Grondal and Dr. Elmer Hall for providing brutally honest, accurate, and timely feedback that consistently improved the study. I owe a special thanks to the colonels and lieutenants colonels that served as my informed panel members who took the time to participate in this Delphi study. I would be remiss if I did not thank my special editorial advisor, Emily Kay Thompson, who took time out of her schedule to review, comment, and provide the needed assistance toward helping the grammatically challenged. Thank you to my wife, COL Heidi Hoyle, for giving me the little and occasionally not so subtle pushes that I needed to continue my educational journey. For keeping me sane, on track, and being the calm voice of reason whenever I had doubt.