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
Computer Programming and Software
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE