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Master of Science

First Advisor

Richard Antolini, PhD

Second Advisor

David S. Christensen, PhD


This study attempted to identify the major interpretive differences of the Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria (C/SCSC) between Department of Defense DoD and contractor performance management professionals, and to understand why these differences occurred. As the study progressed, its focus shifted to an evaluation of the Interpretive Guide, an Air Force Institute of Technology AFIT published document used to assist in the understanding of the criteria elements. The objective of the evaluation was to determine if the Interpretive Guide’s explanations of the criteria elements were in consonance with the intent of the criteria and with current practice in the field of performance management. Research packages were distributed to and collected from performance management professionals in the DoD and its contractors. No distinct interpretative differences of the criteria were found between the two groups but a number of suggestions to improve the content of the Interpretive Guide were suggested some of the recurring suggestions were to address the concept of integrated product teams and the development of procedures to streamline the area of variance analysis reporting. Respondents comments were published in an appendix and summarized within the text. Recommendations were to update the Interpretive Guide as well as to perform further research.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.