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Title: Complex Leadership Needs in the Defense Acquisition Workforce
Authors: Stephen C. Trainor
Keywords: Complexity
Defense Acquisition
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2017
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Workforce
Abstract: This project provides a conceptual overview of the theory, frameworks and models, or thinking, that informs the leadership needs in the Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAWF). The Defense Acquisition System noteworthy for the scope and complexity of the challenges it must solve to support the National Security needs of the operational military forces. But the DAWF, a specialized community focused on the business of acquisition, is regularly critiqued for its inability to implement widespread organizational and cultural change that achieves substantive and lasting improvements and efficiencies. The project addresses the complex challenges that emerge from the interactions and distinctions of modern warfare, the Acquisition System and the culture of the DAWF and make complexity and team leadership particularly relevant conceptual frames for Defense Acquisition. The project hypothesizes a gap in the theory, frameworks and models, or the thinking about leadership and teams within Defense Acquisition. Research and practical evidence suggests that teams and team leadership may be an effective means to undertake flexible, agile and interdependent work in complex, dynamic contexts, such as Defense Acquisition. The project offers a review and synthesis of the literature on leadership and teams in complex adaptive systems.
Description: Acquisition Management / NPS Faculty Research
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