Working "Faster, Better, Cheaper": A Federal Research Agency in Transition
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This study employed the Grounded Theory qualitative research methodology that concentrates on a central phenomenon and generates a theory from a category or construct-oriented approach. The objective is to generate a substantive-level theory that describes the practice of FBC within NASA and is grounded in the data collected from the organization. The following research questions guided this study:
1. What is the meaning of Faster, Better, Cheaper for Public Professionals in the NASA organizational environment?
2. What are the interrelationships between concepts of faster, better, and cheaper?
3. How does the technical and cultural structure of NASA influence the implementation of Faster, Better, Cheaper?
4. What are the required workforce capabilities to perform Faster, Better, Cheaper in NASA?
The theoretical sample for this study consisted of interviews scheduled with NASA personnel involved in Faster, Better, Cheaper projects. NASA documents and reports were analyzed to saturate the initial 29 provisional categories. A representation of the phenomenon of FBC was developed following the data analysis, including causal conditions, strategies, environmental conditions and context, and consequences. Several findings addressed the meaning of FBC, the interrelationships between the concepts, the impact of organizational infrastructure, and required workforce capabilities. Topics for future research are the nature of risk in public organizations, tools for aligning and measuring public policy alignment and implementation, leadership of public sector teams, and generalizing the findings to other organizations.
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