The Resource Changing bureaucratic behavior : acquisition reform in the United States Army, Conrad Peter Schmidt

Changing bureaucratic behavior : acquisition reform in the United States Army, Conrad Peter Schmidt

Label
Changing bureaucratic behavior : acquisition reform in the United States Army
Title
Changing bureaucratic behavior
Title remainder
acquisition reform in the United States Army
Statement of responsibility
Conrad Peter Schmidt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1994, then-Secretary of Defense William Perry directed the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) to begin the process of reinventing their acquisition systems and policies. One of the most important elements of the "Perry Initiatives" was the elimination of all military specifications (milspecs) and standards from use in military acquisition. At the request of the U.S. Army, this study examines three policy questions: (1) Is military specification and standard reform being implemented successfully by Army acquisition bureaucrats? (2) What factors or determinants affect the willingness and ability of Army acquisition employees to implement milspec and standard reform? (3) Having assessed implementation to date and understanding better what affects bureaucratic behavior, how can the Army best affect the underlying beliefs and perceptions of its personnel in order to influence behavior in support of milspec and standard reform? This study employed a theoretical model of volitional behavior called the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). A multimethod research approach was employed, using both expert interviews and a survey of Army personnel. Using causal modeling techniques (latent variable analysis), it was determined that reform behavior within the Army acquisition work force is determined by: (1) employee attitudes toward the reform, and (2) their perceptions of behavioral control. In addition, multiple regression analysis of these factors revealed that attitudes and control perceptions vary based on the functional perspectives of acquisition employees. Three conclusions emerged: (1) Resistant employees are less likely to believe that the elimination of milspecs and standards will result in positive programmatic outcomes; (2) resistant employees were much more likely to view training and communications efforts as inadequate; and (3) current training efforts are effective in changing underlying attitudes. This study presented two overarching recommendations: (1) Use and improve existing training programs; and (2) target implementation efforts to the resistant elements of the work force, focusing on changing the beliefs and perceptions important in attitude and control perception formation
Cataloging source
DLC
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Schmidt, Conrad Peter
Index
no index present
LC call number
UC263
LC item number
.S32 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Armed Forces
  • Armed Forces
Label
Changing bureaucratic behavior : acquisition reform in the United States Army, Conrad Peter Schmidt
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"MR-1094-A."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-120)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Policy Environment -- Public-Sector Reform Efforts -- Acquisition Reform in the Department of Defense -- Public-Versus Private-Sector Considerations -- Ch. 3. Theories of Bureaucratic Behavior -- Theoretical Approach One: Self-Interest -- Theoretical Approach Two: Institutional Rules and Constraints -- A Combined Framework for Explaining Bureaucratic Behavior -- Ch. 4. Explaining Bureaucratic Behavior -- Linking Theory to Reality -- Ch. 5. Data Collection -- Field Interview Process -- Field Interview Results -- The Army Acquisition Survey -- Ch. 6. Understanding Reform Behavior -- Assessing Support for Milspec and Standard Reform and Reform Behavior -- Predicting Reform Behavior -- Substantiating Theories of Bureaucratic Behavior -- Explaining Differences in Reform Intentions and Behavior -- Ch. 7. Understanding Reform Attitudes within the Acquisition work Force -- Measuring Bureaucratic Attitudes -- Explaining Differences in Bureaucratic Reform Attitudes -- Ch. 8. Understanding Subjective Norms within the Acquisition Work Force -- Measuring Subjective Norms of Bureaucrats -- Explaining Differences in Subjective Norms Within the Acquisition Work Force -- Ch. 9. Understanding Perceived Behavioral Control within the Acquisition Workforce -- Measuring Perceived Behavioral Control of Bureaucrats -- Examining Differences in Perceived Behavioral Control Within the Acquisition Work Force -- Ch. 10. Assessing the Role of Training -- Reform-Related Training -- Participation in Reform-Related Training -- Usefulness of Training in Changing Reform Behavior -- Ch. 11. Improving Implementation of Milspec and Standard Reform -- The State of Implementation -- The Importance of Behavioral Determinants -- Recommendations for Changing Reform Behavior -- Summary Recommendation: Use an Improved Road Show Training Program
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 120 pages
Isbn
9780833027566
Lccn
99039065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)41924789
  • (OCoLC)ocm41924789
Label
Changing bureaucratic behavior : acquisition reform in the United States Army, Conrad Peter Schmidt
Publication
Note
"MR-1094-A."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-120)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Policy Environment -- Public-Sector Reform Efforts -- Acquisition Reform in the Department of Defense -- Public-Versus Private-Sector Considerations -- Ch. 3. Theories of Bureaucratic Behavior -- Theoretical Approach One: Self-Interest -- Theoretical Approach Two: Institutional Rules and Constraints -- A Combined Framework for Explaining Bureaucratic Behavior -- Ch. 4. Explaining Bureaucratic Behavior -- Linking Theory to Reality -- Ch. 5. Data Collection -- Field Interview Process -- Field Interview Results -- The Army Acquisition Survey -- Ch. 6. Understanding Reform Behavior -- Assessing Support for Milspec and Standard Reform and Reform Behavior -- Predicting Reform Behavior -- Substantiating Theories of Bureaucratic Behavior -- Explaining Differences in Reform Intentions and Behavior -- Ch. 7. Understanding Reform Attitudes within the Acquisition work Force -- Measuring Bureaucratic Attitudes -- Explaining Differences in Bureaucratic Reform Attitudes -- Ch. 8. Understanding Subjective Norms within the Acquisition Work Force -- Measuring Subjective Norms of Bureaucrats -- Explaining Differences in Subjective Norms Within the Acquisition Work Force -- Ch. 9. Understanding Perceived Behavioral Control within the Acquisition Workforce -- Measuring Perceived Behavioral Control of Bureaucrats -- Examining Differences in Perceived Behavioral Control Within the Acquisition Work Force -- Ch. 10. Assessing the Role of Training -- Reform-Related Training -- Participation in Reform-Related Training -- Usefulness of Training in Changing Reform Behavior -- Ch. 11. Improving Implementation of Milspec and Standard Reform -- The State of Implementation -- The Importance of Behavioral Determinants -- Recommendations for Changing Reform Behavior -- Summary Recommendation: Use an Improved Road Show Training Program
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 120 pages
Isbn
9780833027566
Lccn
99039065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)41924789
  • (OCoLC)ocm41924789

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