Innovating the Standard Procurement Process.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Davenport Process Innovation Framework is used to analyze the standard procurement process for innovation. Constrained resources and rapid advancements in Information Technology have caused DoD to seek high levels of improvement in key processes, such as procurement, because of the high costs and long cycle times associated with contracting activities. The SPS is intended to increase efficiency by automating the process. However, simply automating the process may not bring about the quantum level of benefits sought by DoD. Following Davenports methodology, the standard procurement process flow is described, problems with the baseline process are assessed and a redesigned process alternative is presented that addresses these shortcomings. Measurements of the redesigned process show it to be a significant improvement over the existing process and to offer good potential for cycle time reduction. Costs required to support this initiative may prove to be a formidable constraint, however, and the risk exists that DoD may not be able to financially support full SPS implementation in the standard procurement process. Therefore, continued innovation is recommended. Further study is also required to investigate other innovation methodologies and ideas that may be suited for the standard procurement process.
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