A Systems Management Philosophy for Case Analysis with a Study of the TFX
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This report presents a philosophy for the use of the case method in systems management education. The case method is defined and its background and development are discussed. The use of cases, and their analyses, is discussed from two viewpoints that of the teacher and that of the student. Explicit suggestions are offered to the teacher to help him in forming a modus operandi which will insure maximum results from case studies. Guidance is offered which will assist the student in analyzing cases. A systematic problem solving model is developed which can be reproduced and handed out to a class. This model can also be used by managers analyzing problems on the job. The concluding chapters of this paper are devoted to a case study of the acquisition of the Tactical Fighter, Experimental TFX. This case is designed primarily for study by systems managers it is a study of the interrelationships and complexities involved in a major Defense Department decision. Following the case is the teachers aid which discusses some of the salient features of the case study.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis