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A Study of the Personnel Problems in a U.S. Air Force Matrix Organization.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The study explores the differences in perceptions of personnel problems that exist in an Air Force matrix organization between the engineers assigned to functional organizations and the engineers administratively assigned to functional organizations, but temporarily located in a program organization. Using a formal questionnaire, responses to 11 specific problem areas were solicited along with comments concerning collocation and management in a matrix organization. The 11 problem areas covered concerned project phase-out, dual authority, make-work, job status, loyalty, job ambiguity, career development, organizational conflict, specialization, management layering, and military-civilian work force. In contrast with a study conducted in civilian aerospace companies, which did not include the military-civilian work force, nine out of ten of these problem areas showed no significant differences in perception existed between the functional and collocated engineers at Aeronautical Systems Division. Modified author abstract
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