The Changing Nature of Systems Engineering and Government Enterprises: Report from a Case Study Research Effort
JoAnn M. Brooks, The MITRE Corporation
Jon W. Beard, The MITRE Corporation
John S. Carroll, MIT Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division
Work in the 21st century, and the organizations within which work takes place (including the networks of relationships that complement or replace formal organizations), has been changing rapidly (e.g., Barley & Kunda 2001). As has happened frequently in the study of organizations, the world of practice leads the world of theory. While organizations struggle to survive and thrive in this post-bureaucratic world, organization theorists struggle to theorize about, support, or even help lead these changes.
In this paper, we examine the changing nature of systems engineering work and, in particular, how The MITRE Corporation is confronting the challenges of expanding its role and capabilities to deliver what it calls "Enterprise Systems Engineering" to its government clients.
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