A Field Study of Air Force Organization Structures.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTER MAXWELL AFB AL
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Changes in the political, social, economic, and technological environments of organizations have provided an increasingly turbulent context within which organizations must operate. One consequence of these changes is growing concern with developing structural forms which adapt more easily. The Air Force has also become interested in this issue and has requested study focusing on some non-traditional options to more traditional functional structure. This paper reports results of a pilot work for this effort. Included are a discussion of the importance of structure, theoretical models for structural variations and alternatives, a methodology which can be used to study structural issues, and an application of both methodology and theory to specific Air Force situations aircraft maintenance and systems acquisition. Discussion is provided by answers to specific questions regarding structural issues in the Air Force.
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