The Impact of Matrix Structure and Self-Managed Teams at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Indianapolis
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis evaluates the impact of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Indianapolis NAWC-ADI efforts in restructuring itself using a matrix structure and self-managed teams. The thesis provides background information describing the organizational change and a review of pertinent literature regarding organizational structure, matrix organizations, self- managed teams, and intra- and inter-team dynamics. Data were collected using in- depth interviews of 55 personnel conducted at NAWCADI. The results identified themes about what is working well such as team members being better able to implement solutions, they are more self-sufficient, they are better able to solve problems without going through the organizational hierarchy, team members are able to identify with the whole organizational process, some team members are developing intra-and inter-team sills, and that corporate information is being disseminated adequately. The results also identified themes regarding the challenges at NAWC-ADI related to the implementation of the matrix organization and self-managed teams. These include difficulty with intra-and inter-team skills and the adjustment of the formal flow of communication to the new organization. The conclusion section addresses recommendations for NAWC-ADI management in meeting its remaining challenges and suggestions for further research. Naval air warfare center, Organizational effectiveness, Matrix organizations, Self-Managing teams.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Naval Surface Warfare