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A Comparative History of Department of Defense Management Reform from 1947 to 2005 : Naval Postgraduate School , 2006


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From the executive summary: “Since its inception in 1947, the Department of Defense has undergone nearly constant management reforms. It appears that each administration attempts to introduce some type of management reform agenda to improve the Department of Defense business processes and incorporate recent management ideas from the business community. Some of the changes are real and significant; others are changes in name only. Through analysis of annual reports of the Secretaries of Defense, a compilation of significant management reforms was created for each secretary. These reforms are then analyzed based on their type, area, magnitude, and reform “tide”, then compared to one another to identify trends or changes in Department of Defense management practices.”



Francis, Daniel B., Walther, Robin J.


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