Date of Award
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Daniel T. Holt, PhD
Sonia E. Leach, PhD
It is clear that job characteristics are key selection criteria for upward mobility. However, there are questions as to what types of position details facilitate individual objective success within an organization like the United States Air Force that relies solely on an internal labor market. While it is an individual responsibility to develop an employment plan, there are particular duties that are more desirable for continuation. This thesis looked at the professional records of a sample of officers to assess what position characteristics led to more advancement opportunities. It examined what duty experiences fared well for one measure of career progression that lends favorably to promotion in the Air Force: school in-residence selection. This study found that there was some support for the notion that proximity to mission enhanced opportunities for individual achievement in an internal labor market. The research better supported the theories that exposure to senior leadership and service overseas improved the likelihood of upward mobility.
DTIC Accession Number
Kays, Juan A., "Position Characteristics and Their Relationship to Selection for Promotion" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 2833.