Managing the Dragon; Influencing the Influencers   [open pdf - 374KB]

"In keeping with the Department of Defense (DoD) agenda for realignment, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Fire Department was faced with several external influences by the Command, the most significant influence being a call to Public Private Venture (PPV) involving the base housing department. Since base housing provides indirect support for fire protection in the amount of 767K, this posed a direct impact to the fire department infrastructure. The problem faced by the organization was a possible reduction in force (RIF) of personnel if housing funds were lost. This research used historical research to answer the following questions: (a) what are the external influences (what does the dragon want)?, (b) can a RIF action be avoided?, (c) are there risks to a RIF action?, and (d) what are the possible options and costs? This research used action research to develop a series of tables outlining the options and costs, the proposed and alternative solutions to a RIF action, legal and regulatory requirements along with an organizational structure to clarify the chain of command with respect to the organization. The principle procedure applied was review of information gathered through legal documents, case studies, reviews and periodicals, and interviews with affected personnel relative to privatization actions. Data collected was formatted into a series of tables reflective of the external influences and their impact on the organization."

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