A COMPARISON OF THE NEEDS OF PROGRAM AND FUNCTIONAL MANAGEMENT.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The complete weapons acquisition environment has necessitated the adoption of the systems approach and the new managerial tool of program management. The traditional management theories on authority and responsibility and organization need re-evaluation in light of this new program management concept. Analysis of the existing literature and field research within the General Electric Company has revealed that the program manager has different basic needs than the functional manager. A comparison of these needs indicates that the needs of the functional manager are still evident to a lesser degree in the program area. In general, program management must be recognized as a distinct management function which has brought with it a new type of authority, program authority, which needs to be incorporated with the present management theories. This will allow more effective recognition of the role of the program manager, and thus achieve maximum benefit from the employment of program management. Author
- Administration and Management