A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs.

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  • Additional Information
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      cost growth
      DSM
      system architecture
    • Subject Terms:
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    • Abstract:
      ABSTRACT The government acquisition system is consistently plagued by cost growth and by attempts at acquisition reform. Despite these persistent challenges, the academic community lacks a methodology for studying complex acquisition programs both in-depth and longitudinally throughout their life cycles. In this paper, we present a framework for studying complex acquisition programs that provides researchers with a strategy for systematically studying cost growth mechanisms. The proposed framework provides a means to identify specific technical and organizational mechanisms for cost growth, to organize those mechanisms using design structure matrices, and to observe the evolution of those mechanisms throughout a program's life cycle. To illustrate the utility of our framework, we apply it to analyze a case study of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program. Ultimately, we demonstrate that the framework enables us to generate unique insights into the mechanisms that induced cost growth on NPOESS and that were unacknowledged by previous studies. Specifically, we observed that complexity was injected into the technical system well before the program's cost estimates began to increase and that it was the complexity of the NPOESS organization that hindered the program's ability to effectively estimate and to manage its costs. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave. 33‐409, Cambridge MA, 02139
      2The George Washington University, 1776 G St NW Suite 101, Washington DC, 20052
    • ISSN:
      1098-1241
    • Accession Number:
      10.1002/sys.21328
    • Accession Number:
      112507135
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DWYER, M.; CAMERON, B.; SZAJNFARBER, Z. A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs. Systems Engineering, [s. l.], v. 18, n. 6, p. 568–583, 2015. DOI 10.1002/sys.21328. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=112507135. Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Dwyer M, Cameron B, Szajnfarber Z. A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs. Systems Engineering. 2015;18(6):568-583. doi:10.1002/sys.21328
    • APA:
      Dwyer, M., Cameron, B., & Szajnfarber, Z. (2015). A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs. Systems Engineering, 18(6), 568–583. https://doi.org/10.1002/sys.21328
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Dwyer, Morgan, Bruce Cameron, and Zoe Szajnfarber. 2015. “A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs.” Systems Engineering 18 (6): 568–83. doi:10.1002/sys.21328.
    • Harvard:
      Dwyer, M., Cameron, B. and Szajnfarber, Z. (2015) ‘A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs’, Systems Engineering, 18(6), pp. 568–583. doi: 10.1002/sys.21328.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Dwyer, M, Cameron, B & Szajnfarber, Z 2015, ‘A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs’, Systems Engineering, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 568–583, viewed 24 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Dwyer, Morgan, et al. “A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs.” Systems Engineering, vol. 18, no. 6, Nov. 2015, pp. 568–583. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1002/sys.21328.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Dwyer, Morgan, Bruce Cameron, and Zoe Szajnfarber. “A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs.” Systems Engineering 18, no. 6 (November 2015): 568–83. doi:10.1002/sys.21328.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Dwyer M, Cameron B, Szajnfarber Z. A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs. Systems Engineering [Internet]. 2015 Nov [cited 2020 Nov 24];18(6):568–83. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=112507135