Effective project management in the aerospace industry

Ed Statham (Department of Management, School of Business Administration and Economics, California State University, Fullerton, California, USA.)
Brian H. Kleiner (Department of Management, School of Business Administration and Economics, California State University, Fullerton, California, USA.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Publication date: 1 April 1996

Abstract

The US aerospace industry is currently being challenged by both strong international competittion in the commerical sector and the effects of declining defence budgets on government contracts. In an effort to meet these challenges, the industry is experimenting with new ways of organizing. One of the most effective new organizational structures is the product development team (PDT). Briefly examines what a PDT is and the advantages this type of organization has over the conventional functional type of structure. Because when to use PDTs and when not to is of critical importance, and includes guidelines to aid in the decision‐making process. Since implementing PDTs involves a major corporate culture change, problems will occur. Both potential problems and suggested strategies for resolution are included to provide some solace for the frustrated. The bottom line on PDTs is that they can greatly improve product quality while reducing costs and time to market. The effort of implementation is great, but so are the potential rewards.

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Statham, E. and Kleiner, B. (1996), "Effective project management in the aerospace industry", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 68 No. 4, pp. 25-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb037641

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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