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The Deepwater Program : a case study in organizational transformation inspired by the parallel interaction of internal and external core groups

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dc.contributor.advisor Harvey M. Sapolsky. en_US
dc.contributor.author Mansharamani, Vikram, 1974- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-05-17T14:45:56Z
dc.date.available 2005-05-17T14:45:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/16640
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Political Science, 2004. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 67-71). en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper attempts to explain why the United States Coast Guard decided to undertake its most recent major capital asset replacement effort-the Deepwater Program-through the use of a systems approach. Several explanations are considered, but a series of interviews and a review of events during the 1996-2003 timeframe yield an explanation that points to bureaucratic politics and status dynamics as the most likely cause. In particular, the paper finds that the Coast Guard's low status (vis-à-vis other organizations within the Department of Transportation) combined with the Deepwater community's high status (vis-à-vis other communities within the Coast Guard) to produce a political environment that made the use of a systems approach almost inevitable. The paper closes by considering the policy ramifications of systems approaches used by relative weak organizations. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Vikram Mansharamani. en_US
dc.format.extent 71 leaves en_US
dc.format.extent 1247049 bytes
dc.format.extent 1668406 bytes
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Political Science. en_US
dc.title The Deepwater Program : a case study in organizational transformation inspired by the parallel interaction of internal and external core groups en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 56191584 en_US


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