Cost as an independent variable: implementation issues.
Boudreau, Michael W.
Jones, Lawrence R.
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This thesis will examine challenges defense department managers face when implementing the cost as an independent variable (CAIV) concept of cost control. The CAIV concept replaces the design-to-cost (DTC) concept which only achieved limited success. Emphasis is placed on identifying issues that managers faced implementing the DTC concept. These issues are analyzed to determine the potential cause of the issue and the impact the issue may have on programs implementing CAIV. It is the contention of this thesis that the CAIV concept and the DTC concept are in theory, virtually identical. Many of the same issues will surface during CAIV implementation that managers faced implementing DTC. CAIV may become another ineffective cost control measure. However, DTC was not usually implemented as intended by the guidance. In addition, acquisition reform has provided the manager implementing the CMV concept significant advantages over previous managers. With full management support, programs implementing the CAIV concept can succeed and provide cost effective systems that meet the needs of the user
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