Management of a Major Downsizing at a Naval Shipyard

  • M. Aguilar
  • R. J. Niehaus
  • F. S. Sharkey


During the 1988–1991 period, Mare Island Naval Shipyard has undergone a large overall wordload reduction with intermediate periods of minor growth consistent with ship overhaul schedules. Between 1987 and 1990, the workforce was reduced from 10,000 to 7,200 employees. A wide variety of personnel programs were used to facilitate the workload changes while providing a way for shipyard employees to maintain an orderly life, where possible. This paper provides an operational case study of the strategic and tactical actions which were taken before, during, and after the drawdown at the shipyard.


Decision Support System Early Retirement Total Quality Management Apprentice Program Human Resource Planning 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Aguilar
    • 1
  • R. J. Niehaus
    • 2
  • F. S. Sharkey
    • 1
  1. 1.Mare Island Naval ShipyardVallejoUSA
  2. 2.Office of Chief of Naval OperationsUSA

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