The Boeing 767 Program: A Case Study of Issues Related to Success in Managing an International Cooperative Project
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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During the past 15 years, international cooperation has become the dominant business strategy among the free worlds commercial airplane and jet engine manufacturers. International cooperation is being used to reduce risks, improve market access, reduce competition and rationalize resources. This trend toward forming international partnerships to develop new commercial airplanes and the engines to power them is expected to continue. The purpose of this study was to contribute to the understanding of how specific management techniques and policies affect the success of an international cooperative program. The research identified factors which could have a significant influence of the successful management of such a program. The Boeing 767 airplane program was selected for a case study analysis. The methodology and research hypotheses developed by Charles M. Farr were replicated during this research. Personal interviews with knowledgeable exectutives from the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company were conducted. The research hypotheses were evaluated based on data from the interviews and secondary sources when possible. Based on the case- study analysis as well as the research literature, conclusions regarding the management factors addresses in the research hypotheses are stated, and several principles for managing an international cooperative program are reiterated.
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