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A taxonomical structure for classifying the goods purchased by the Federal Government

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Authors
Wenger, Brian L.
Subjects
Government Goods Taxonomy
Taxonomy
Classification System for Government Goods
Cluster Analysis
Advisors
Lamm, David V.
Date of Issue
1990-12
Date
December 1990
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
This thesis is an attempt to develop a taxonomical structure to use in the classification of the goods purchased by the Federal Government. The primary objective was to develop a usable scheme that practitioners could employ in classifying goods along a continuum from simple to complex. A secondary objective of this thesis was to determine the characteristics of the goods, other than their obvious physical differences, to utilize in classifying. Using 21 randomly selected heterogeneous goods and a scaling process, a survey was conducted to determine the relationship between these goods and the chosen characteristics. Cluster analysis was then utilized to group the goods into categories that exhibited similar characteristics. As a result of the research, a taxonomical structure for classifying the population of Government goods into five categories was developed. The potential benefits from using such a scheme could arise in the staffing and directing of procurement functions, training and education of the acquisition workforce, and refinement of procurement policy. It is recommended that the taxonomical model resulting from this research be validated and refined through further use.
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Thesis
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Department
Management
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
vi, 137 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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.
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