Accession Number : ADA241059

Title :   Total Quality Management and Reform of the Military Acquisition System.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Carter, David C.

Report Date : MAY 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 128

Abstract : The author analyzed Total Quality Management (TQM) and the acquisition system and assessed the probability that TQM could help reform the acquisition system. TQM concepts deemed critical to success in Japanese commercial enterprises were noted. Significant differences between commercial and military management environments that might interfere with the effective implementation of TQM in the acquisition system were noted. Then government TQM policies and plans were analyzed and assessed for their congruence with fundamentally important TQM concepts and their consideration of impediments due to differences in the commercial and military environments. An informed conclusion was then reached about the prospects for shortening the time to acquire things as a result of applying TQM within the acquisition system.

Descriptors :   COMMERCE, DETECTORS, ENVIRONMENTS, MANAGEMENT, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, QUALITY, COMMERCE, DETECTORS, ENVIRONMENTS, MANAGEMENT, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, POLICIES, QUALITY.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE