Lawrence M. Hanser (he/him) is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He previously served as associate director of the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE.
As an industrial/organizational psychologist, Hanser’s research has focused on people and organizations, and the interface between them—specifically on the design of organizations, and how people are selected and trained to be successful in them. He has led and participated in projects focused on understanding the skill requirements of senior leadership positions in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the impact of these requirements on development and succession planning. He has examined the career patterns of U.S. Army civilians, paths to increasing professionalism among U.S. Air Force personnel, and entrance testing of applicants to military service. Recent work includes evaluating the surge capacity of U.S. Army military treatment facilities, examining training shortfalls in U.S. Air Force flight equipment personnel, and considerations of different ways the new U.S. Space Force could choose to develop and manage its personnel.
Hanser received his Ph.D. and M.S. in psychology from Iowa State University and his B.A. in psychology from Marquette University.
Jennifer Li et al., Enhancing Professionalism in the U.S. Air Force, RAND (RR-1721-AF), 2017
Shanthi Nataraj and Lawrence M. Hanser, Career Paths in the Army Civilian Workforce: Identifying Common Patterns Based on Statistical Clustering, RAND (RR-2280-A), 2018
Brien Alkire, Sherrill Lingel, and Lawrence M. Hanser, A Wargame Method for Assessing Risk and Resilience of Military Command-and-Control Organizations, RAND (TL-291-AF), 2018
Douglas Yeung et al., Recruiting Policies and Practices for Women in the Military: Views from the Field, RAND Corporation (RR-1538-OSD), 2017
Chaitra Hardison et al., How Effective Are Military Academy Admission Standards?RAND Corporation (RB-9905-OSD), 2016
Lawrence M. Hanser et al., United States Service Academy Admissions: Selecting for Success at the Military Academy/West Point and as an Officer, RAND Corporation (RR-723-OSD), 2015
Lawrence M. Hanser et al., Improving Development Teams to Support Deliberate Development of Air Force Officers, RAND Corporation (RR-1010-AF), 2015