An Analysis of the Impact of the Work Information Management System (WIMS) on Civil Engineering Operations Managers' Job Factors.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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In this thesis, the impact of the newly implemented Work Information Management System WMIS on civil engineering operations managers was examined. The main purpose was to determine if WIMS impacted managers perceptions of various job factors including task variety, task identity, task significance, autonomy, feedback, job pressure, difficultyskill level, job satisfaction, amount of dealing with others, centralization, formalization, and organizational politics. Managers, ranging from the Chief of Operations to shop foremen, were surveyed. Data were collected from five organizations that had implemented WIMS, the test group, and from five organizations that had not implemented WIMS, the control group. The test groups responses were compared against the control groups responses to determine the impact of WIMS. The results indicated that the test group perceived dealing with others a more essential part of their jobs than the control group. When subdivided into levels of managers, the results indicated test group senior managers perceived their jobs to be more significant and test group operational managers perceived their jobs to require a higher skill level than the control groups corresponding level of managers. Responses to open-ended questions indicated the overall perception of WIMS is positive. WIMS is greatly aiding the handling of work documents, and in turn, helping managers improve their effectiveness.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations