The purpose of this qualitative multiple-case research study was to explore the perceptions of government program managers regarding (a) the competencies program managers must develop to direct major defense acquisition programs, (b) professional opportunities supporting development of those competencies, (c) obstacles to developing the required competencies, and (d) factors other than the program manager's competencies that may influence acquisition program outcomes. The general problem this study addressed was perceived gaps in program management competencies in the defense acquisition workforce; the specific problem was lack of information regarding required competencies and skills gaps in the acquisition workforce that would allow DOD leaders to allocate resources for training and development in an informed manner. The primary sources of data were semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 12 major defense acquisition program managers attending the Executive Program Manager's Course (PMT-402) at the Defense Systems Management College School of Program Managers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, either during or immediately prior to assignments to lead major defense acquisition programs. The framework for conducting the study and organizing the results evolved from a primary research question and 4 supporting sub-questions. Analysis of the qualitative interview data and supporting information led to 5 findings and associated analytical categories for further analysis and interpretation. Resulting conclusions regarding the competencies required to lead program teams and the effective integration of professional development opportunities supported recommendations for improving career management and professional development programs for members of the defense acquisition workforce.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Management, Public administration, Business education|
|Keywords:||Case study, Competencies, Competency development, Defense acquisition, Learning organization, Organizational development, Program management|
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