AN ANALYSIS OF ACQUISITION KNOWLEDGE SHARING IN THE ARMY’S ACQUISITION PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICES
Davis, Bradford A.
Robeson, Michael B.
Thomson, Neal S.
Pickar, Charles K.
Mortlock, Robert F.
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Defense acquisition programs are instructed to maintain robust processes for documenting and sharing lessons and best practices knowledge for improvement of program management; however, these important efforts are sometimes overlooked and under-practiced within the community. Knowledge sharing (KS) is a key activity in the discipline of knowledge management (KM) and is useful for facilitating greater learning among individuals and organizations. This study analyzed the current level of effort with regard to acquisition knowledge sharing of lessons learned and best practices within and between the Army’s Program Executive Offices (PEOs). The study used a KS survey to gather feedback from key PEO leadership (e.g., program managers) on current KS strategies to assess the relative KS dynamic, identify KS trends and challenges, and assess where these organizations may seek improvements to better align their efforts with the Army’s KM and KS doctrine. The analysis reviews Army KM and KS guidance and policy, and various resources accessible to PEOs for sharing lessons learned and best practices knowledge. Findings from the study indicated that PEOs may not be maximizing the potential of their knowledge resources and therefore risk losing the key knowledge they require for effective decision-making. The research provides information that may help PEOs more effectively and efficiently create and employ KS strategies to benefit their organizations.
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