Accession Number : ADA141776

Title :   Longitudinal Study of the Programs and the Organization of a Division of the Corps of Engineers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. for period ending 23 Apr 84,


Personal Author(s) : Holden,T A , Jr

PDF Url : ADA141776

Report Date : May 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 419

Abstract : The objective of this thesis is to analyze the changes in the organization of public works departments over an extended period of time and to ascertain the reasons therefore. This is accomplished through a longitudinal study of the New England Division of the Corps of Engineers (NED) covering a twenty eight year period from 1955 through 1983. Financial records are analyzed to identify the nature and extent of program changes. On this basis the twenty eight year study period is discretized into five distinct periods with associated hypotheses. Using an analytical framework for classifying the organization, the way in which it is fragmented into subelements and the nature of the mechanisms for activity integration within each period are then categorized. Analysis of the organization is accomplished along three dimensions: differentiation of organization structure, methods of formal coordination and informal methods. These analyses rely upon data obtained from organizational charts, project files, and semi-structured interviews with key informants, respectively. Each of these analyses results in alternative, sometimes competing classifications of the organization. These alternative assessments are then analyzed resulting in an overall assessment of the organization. The most significant variables influencing the changes from one period to the next are also identified.

Descriptors :   *Army Corps of Engineers, New England, Civil engineering, Organizations, Evolution(General), Variations, Theses

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE