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Organizational Culture and Change: What Impact will the United States Marine Corpsí Culture Have on the Implementation of the Donít Ask Donít Tell Repeal?

Published in PAQ, Vol. 41 No. 2

In its over two hundred year existence, the U.S. Marine Corps has undergone many serious changes such as the admission of women and Blanks into its ranks. The most current change is open acceptance of lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGB) as U.S. Marines and is referred to as the repeal of Donít Ask Donít Tell (DADT). This article examines the way in which a large organization, such as the U.S. Marine Corps, implements an enormous change and the role that organization culture plays in the success or failure of the implementation. Cameron and Quinnís Competing Values framework is used to explain the theory behind implementing this major change and how this moment in the Marine Corpsí process can afford researcher great insight into the power and influence of organization culture

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