Accession Number:

ADA181940

Title:

Program Management Offices: Structural Modeling through Application of Stratified Systems Theory

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1985-Mar 1986

Corporate Author:

ALLEN CORP OF AMERICA ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

1987-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

In response to a request from the Assistant Secretary of the Army Research, Development, and Acquisition, this study examined 1 Program Management Office PMO structure over its life cycle, 2 roles and relationships between PMOs and their respective major subordinate commands MSCs, and 3 career development of Program Managers PMs. Data collection consisted of 60 interviews of commanders, deputy commanders, programproject managers, and directors within three of the U.S. Army Material Commands Tank Automotive Command TACOM, Aviation Systems Command AVSCOM, and Troop Support Command TROSCOM. Information gathered through the interviews was compared to the Stratified Systems Theory model of organizational structure and role relationships proposed by Jaques 1983. Data analyses showed a trend of increased workload for the MSCs as a result of force modernization and information requirements generated at higher levels. The impact of these external requirements on the program management offices was explored. Models of SST organizational structure were explicted at Levels V, IV, and III, and two PMO models were constructed for the development and productionfielding phases of the life cycle. Knowledge, skill, and leadership capabilities for PMs were collected and classified by life cycle demands.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE