Organizations for project management in the defense industry.
McCullough, Carl Preston
Kline, Melvin B.
Haga, William J.
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In recent years, companies involved in contracting with the Department of Defense have organized project offices to manage the development and production of defense systems. The organizational structures and authority relations of these offices are unlike those common to other activities. This study sought to identify and explain the relationships that exist between structural and authority variables of project management systems. Data was collected by structured survey questionnaires directed to project managers and related functional managers. A correlational analysis was employed to measure the strength of relationships between attitudes and structural variables. Although the dollar value of a project proved to be an important structural variable, the most reliable predictor of a manager's perceived authority was the number of layers between him and the top level of corporate management.
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