Complex System Governance for Acquisition

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-060

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Complex Systems Governance (CSG)

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Joseph Bradley, Polinpapilinho Katina, Charles Keating

Title: Complex System Governance for Acquisition

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Complex Systems Governance (CSG), acquisition


As acquisition processes have become more complex, they appear to no longer be governable by traditional approaches. Missed budgets, delayed deliveries, and expensive canceled systems appear to becoming more prevalent. Numerous investigations have been conducted attempting to elicit the factors that prevented success. Those systems that succeed in terms of usability, budget, and delivery schedule are the rarity and often become case studies themselves as we try to extract the characteristics that differentiate success from failure. A different viewpoint is to look at the acquisition system from the perspective of Complex Systems Governance (CSG). Recent developments in the field of CSG are poised to offer insights into the domain of complex system acquisition. CSG, an emerging field grounded in Management Cybernetics and System Theory, offers a set of nine essential and interrelated functions that enable effective governance