The systems approach to management: a paradigm for the test and evaluation process
Branch, William Michael
Creighton, John W.
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This thesis addresses the Test and Evaluation process and demonstrates, through application of a dynamic systems model, that the Test and Evaluation process is a conglomerate of lower-order systems. Each system can be characteristically analyzed by focusing on objectives, inputs/outputs, interfaces, environmental, and effectiveness dimensions. Hence the systems approach to management is suggested as a paradigm for the test and Evaluation process. This approach provides a systematic way of thinking about the job of management and emphasizes viewing the Test and Evaluation system as a whole instead of as segregated parts. the classic functions of management can by put in juxtaposition with the phases of Test and Evaluation to provide a better insight to management of scarce resources. Implementation of a strategy is perhaps the most important first step in practically using the systems approach and as such stimulates the manager to think is the proper perspective.
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