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Examining the Institutional Factors Affecting Cost Growth in Defense Acquisition: May Yield More Effective Policy Interventions

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Authors
Candreva, Philip
Subjects
Costing
cost growth, defense acquisition, program performance, behavioral finance, group decision-making, organizational failure, Ostrom''s Institutional Analysis and Development framework
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Date of Issue
2009-07-30
Date
2009-07-30
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Abstract
Existing studies of cost growth in defense acquisition have been predominantly descriptive rather than explanatory. While observers of defense acquisition acknowledge the role of cultural and institutional factors on program performance, few studies are focused there. However, recent studies have highlighted the importance of decision-making by government officials as a factor affecting cost growth. Informed by the literatures on cost growth, behavioral finance, group decision-making, and organizational failure, this report proposes a research stream to consider factors affecting cost growth beyond those traditionally studied. The study suggests that Ostrom''s Institutional Analysis and Development framework can be the foundation of a research stream that includes both field studies and laboratory/computational experiments that can provide fresh insights into the cost growth phenomenon and''more importantly''aid in the design of more effective policy interventions to address the problem.
Type
Technical Report
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Sponsored Report (for Acquisition Research Program)
Department
Acquisition Management
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NPS Report Number
NPS-AM-09-117
Sponsors
Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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Citation
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.