An organization must make decisions along two dimensions of goals: effectiveness and efficiency. Goals may be in conflict if the organizational structure that fixes stakeholder decisionmaking leads some parts of the organization to focus on effectiveness, without considering efficiency, and other parts to focus on efficiency, without considering effectiveness. There is a potential tension between effectiveness and efficiency. The authors discuss the relationships among stakeholders involved in manpower, personnel, and training processes for managing the U.S. Navy information systems technician rating. The authors recommend that U.S. Navy leadership be cognizant of the goal orientation and strategy of organizations in order to assess whether those goal orientations are the most appropriate for organizations. Further, awareness of differing goal orientations can facilitate interactions by bringing explicit awareness of differing stakeholder strategies. The authors' recommendations are specific to the U.S. Navy information technician community but might also apply to other U.S. Navy communities.
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