Accession Number : ADA193531

Title :   Contracting: A Systematic Body of Knowledge.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Thornton, Connie L

PDF Url : ADA193531

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : This thesis attempts to develop a systematic body of knowledge for the Federal acquisition contracting discipline. A general definition, as well as five critical attributes considered necessary for the formulation of a body of knowledge are identified and discussed. These are then applied to the contracting discipline in order to compile a body of knowledge for this specific field. The thesis effort concludes that the contracting discipline possesses rudimentary elements of the requisite attributes to support a specific body of knowledge. The present acquisition contracting body of knowledge however, is not well organized and is deficient in many respects. Recommendations and areas for further research complete the research effort. One step toward improving the level of quality requires establishing the Federal acquisition workforce as a professional rather than an administrative series by the Office of Personnel Management. Designation as a professional series by OPM requires the profession to have a defined body of knowledge. To date the Federal acquisition workforce does not.

Descriptors :   *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, *NAVAL PROCUREMENT, *NAVAL RESEARCH, ACQUISITION, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, QUALITY, THESES

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE