Accession Number:

ADA273908

Title:

An Analysis of Research and Development Product Team Characteristics for the System Acquisition Environment

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

The focus of this thesis was on product team characteristics in the systems acquisition environment. This research investigated the characteristics of the Saturn Corp product team organizational structure and also reviewed literature relevant to this area. The characteristics identified by Saturn that contribute to the success of their product team were incorporated into a product team effectiveness survey and administered to personnel in the F-22 System Program Office SPO located at WPAFB. The results of the F-22 SPO survey were then compared to the Saturn product team characteristics in order to identify achievements and possible weaknesses. Overall, it appears that the F-22 SPO is a thriving organization with all the attributes required to produce an end product designed to meet the needs identified by the users. Although the majority of survey respondents agreed that they are able to influence the design, development, and supportability of their teams product, there are several areas that could be enhanced. Areas identified for improvement are communication, training, team autonomy in the decision-making process, and contractor involvement in the product team concept. Management Theory, Organization, Performance Engineering, Teams

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE