Accession Number : ADA292699

Title :   Virtual Organizations: An Examination of Structure and Performance In Air Force Acquisition Teams.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Vickery, Caisson M.

PDF Url : ADA292699

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 197

Abstract : Increasingly, organizations are facing more dynamic environments. Often the time frame involved is too small for the organization to adapt formal structural changes in response to these environments. In response to these changing and dynamic environments, organizations are turning to virtual organizations. Virtual organizations are temporary groupings of workers that meet task needs without formal change to the organization's structure. Through the use of virtual organizations, the flexibility of the traditional organization is augmented. A research model is formulated that relates the strength of the virtual organization to its performance. The model is tested with a sample of 273 Air Force acquisition managers comprising 84 teams. A measurement scheme for the strength of the virtual organization is developed and validated. A hierarchical regression scheme confirms that stronger virtual organizations perform well in complex task situations. The implications of these findings are explored.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *ORGANIZATION THEORY, *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, MEASUREMENT, ENVIRONMENTS, MODELS, DYNAMICS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), TIME, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, HIERARCHIES.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Administration and Management
      Operations Research
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE