Accession Number : ADA325702

Title :   Integrated Product Team Implementation and Leadership at the Program Level.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Meister, David P.

PDF Url : ADA325702

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 119

Abstract : This thesis presents exploratory research that investigated how integrated product teams at the program office level are being implemented in response to Department of Defense policy. Research data were gathered by conducting interviews with twenty participants from three teams representing two program offices. Interviewees were queried about their experiences with integrated product teams relative to issues derived from research literature on effective teams: team implementation processes, mission and structure, training, team management, decision making and conflict resolution methods, and implementation challenges and pitfalls. The research, though only a small sample size, revealed that program managers are consistent with what current teaming literature considers to be 'good teaming practices' in the areas of basic team structure and functional area mix, openness and participation in meetings, and the administration of team meetings. The research also identified practices or problems that the research literature suggests limits team success such as the lack of: team consistency and stability, team specific training, team self-assessment and evaluation methods, and the absence of formal feedback mechanisms. Mixed findings were revealed in the areas of empowerment, team self-management, decision making and conflict resolution processes, and support for the teaming concept by senior management.

Descriptors :   *POLICIES, *TRAINING, *TEAMS(PERSONNEL), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, SYMPOSIA, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, RESOLUTION, THESES, CONSISTENCY, FEEDBACK, SELF OPERATION, CONFLICT, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE