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Investigation and design of a Project Management Decision Support System for the 4950th Test Wing.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This thesis investigated methods for putting a large central Management Information System data base to use for the 4950th Test Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The study focused on using information to help the command section make decisions regarding project scheduling and management. Within an overall framework of systems analysis, this study used the Representations, Operations, Memory Aids, Control Mechanisms ROMC approach developed by Ralph Sprague and Eric Carlson to design a Decision Support System DSS for the test wing. This study advances DSS design theory in showing the overriding importance of the decision maker and his needs in defining DSS requirements. The general observations of this study, along with the advances in design methodology can significantly aid organizations in building systems to support decision making. Such systems are becoming more important to decision makers as increased emphasis is being placed on solving large, difficult to define problems involving complex internal interactions in a rapidly changing environment as in the command and control of military forces during a crisis. With the increasing availability of advanced graphics, modeling, and data base systems for use on microcomputers, the methodology presented here provides opportunities for improvements at all levels.
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