An Analysis of Competencies for Managing Science and Technology Programs
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The purpose of this research is to analyze competencies needed for successful program management of Research and Development RD programs -- also known as Science and Technology ST programs -- within the Department of Defense DoD. Current competency models are in development for the DoD Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics ATL functional areas. Using an interim competency model developed for the Program Manager career field comprised of 36 technical competencies and 27 professional competencies, the research compares competencies criticality scores rated by traditional acquisition program managers PMs with those rated by ST program managers. In 42 out of 63 instances 67, the criticality scores had statistically significant differences. Only four of those 42 competencies were rated more critical by ST PMs the other 38 of the 42 90, were rated less critical, with statistically significant lower scores than those of their acquisition PM counterparts. The analysis of the open-ended interview questions suggests that although the ATL PM competency model may seem to have face validity, the descriptions currently defining the PM competencies may not have adequate content validity for an ST program management competency model, thus warranting further resources towards defining an independent competency model for ST PM workforce management initiatives.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies