Accession Number : ADA187270

Title :   Technical Competence of Air Force Acquisition Program Managers.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Miller, Kurt A

PDF Url : ADA187270

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : This study explored how perceived technical competence of Air Force acquisition program managers is related to academic education and intrinsic technical aptitude. Technical competence was defined as the program manager's ability to assimilate technical program information and effectively factor it into his decision making at a level commensurate with his position. This study also attempted to identify situational facts which might increase the importance of a program manager having a high level of technical competence. Data was collected through personal interviews with officers in AFSC 2996 Program Manager positions and their technical advisors. Key findings were: (1) program manager technical competence is significantly related to educational background; (2) on third of the program managers interviewed do not meet prerequisites for entry into that specialty; (3) System Program Office direction calls for a higher level of technical competence than other 2996 jobs; and (4) technical ability should be a consideration in the new Acquisition Management Career Development Program selection process. Keywords: Theses; Systems management; Military engineers.

Descriptors :   *SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, *ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), BACKGROUND, DECISION MAKING, EDUCATION, INTERVIEWING, MANAGEMENT, MILITARY ENGINEERS, SCHOOLS, THESES, DATA MANAGEMENT, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, JOB ANALYSIS, SPECIALISTS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, SUPERVISORS

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE