Team Performance in the Army Acquisition Program Office
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Department of the Armys DA research, development and acquisition of weapon and support systems are managed by highly sophisticated professional teams. To succeed in its task, a project management office team needs much more than technical knowledge. Its members must also know how to work as a team. The purpose of this research was to identify the dimensions of team performance in the Army Acquisition Project Office in order to provide project managers and project management teams an assessment process to examine team performance. Several researchers have deemed essential attributes important for the performance of a team. Drs. Campbell and Hallam developed a 96 item survey which measures 18 elements in their Team Resources Performance Model. The research examines this model and identifies the dimensions of team performance in the Army Acquisition Project Office. The analysis is based on survey results and interviews with five Army Project Management teams at the Program Executive Office, Communications Systems, Fort Monmouth, NJ. It examines 17 dimensions and their relationship to team performance. One dimension, Time and Staffing revealed a weak correlation, although it was not significant. Sixteen out of seventeen dimensions significantly and positively correlated with Performance. The dimensions are Information, Material Resources, Competence, Organization Support, Mission Clarity, Team Coordination, Commitment, Team Unity, Individual Goals, Team Assessment, Innovation, Feedback, Empowerment, Leadership, Rewards and Satisfaction.