Exploring The Impact of Career Experiences on Generativity and Postretirement Choices for Intelligence Community Baby Boomers

Operations Office of Community Governance
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Deputy Director and PhD in Leadership and Change alumna Dr. Marianne Kramer has published her dissertation entitled, The Impact of Career Experiences on Generativity and Postretirement Choices for Intelligence Community Baby Boomers. This study focused on baby boomers and explored how a career with a mission-focus in the Intelligence Community influenced boomer generativity and subsequent choices after retirement.

Baby boomers make-up the majority of the population that is retirement eligible today and have the benefit of a longer life expectancy commensurate with improvements in health care over the past century. This study employed a two-phase mixed method approach to investigate the characteristics and impacts of a mission-focused career, and to understand how such experiences impact postretirement opportunities and choices. Despite study limitations, positive implications for future studies looking across different population segments provide an avenue to further explore these relationships between selfless work experiences as a component of postretirement directions.

Dr. Marianne Kramer self-identifies as a career public servant with over 30 years supporting the Defense Department (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). While her career has been defined by increasing levels of responsibility working in a range of activities supporting the geospatial needs of DoD and the IC, she is proudest of her involvement in the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that brought about the end to the war in Bosnia.

Marianne spent the majority of her career at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio as well as a substantial amount of time in the Washington, DC area supporting various scientific and technical research programs.


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