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Creating a “Should Cost“ Culture Through Opportunity Management

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Riel, David
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2017-03
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2017-03
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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The 2016 Performance of the Defense Acquisition System Annual Report states, "The institution of 'should cost' management" has been a success and should be a permanent feature of the DoDメs acquisition culture." Yet, inculcation into culture implies a mindset that executes cost saving opportunities throughout all levels of the acquisition workforce to the lowest level workers. Initiatives, such as Configuration Steering Boards and USAFメs モBending the Cost Curveヤ are important and communicate leadership engagement; however, creating a モshould-costヤ culture requires every level of the acquiring organization to continuously seek both small and large cost saving ideas. One could posit that the system engineering community has transformed from merely managing risks to expanding into exploring opportunities. However, the question becomes, are opportunities being as aggressively pursued and managed as risks? By conducting surveying, this research studies the perceptions of acquisition professionals as to the implementation of opportunity management for the purpose of determining the depth that モshould-costヤ philosophy has penetrated organizations. This study discusses methods to drive the モshould-costヤ philosophy deeper into organizations, along with the role that defense acquisition education could play.
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SYM-AM-17-132
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Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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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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