Manpower Planning Through Material Requirements Planning (MRP): a Computer Simulation.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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Effective manpower planning becomes complex and critical in high technology environments. In such environments, operators and maintenance personnel must be highly trained and skilled to assure that equipment will be effectively used, and changes can be rapidly implemented. The manpower planning problem becomes one of determining requirements for skilled employees early enough to ascertain training needs, to select candidates for training, to educate and train technicians before a shortage of manpower occurs, and to achieve this without excessive manpower costs. This investigation examined a new approach to the manpower planning problems--material requirements planning MRP, which has been successfully applied in other kinds of planning problems. The general hypothesis tested was the MRP will be a more effective procedure than traditional extrapolation techniques. The test of the hypothesis involved comparing a manpower planning model using MRP concepts with one using traditional extrapolation concepts through a model of a simulated Air Force weapon system.
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