ارزیابی گزینه های واقعی برای کاهش خطر فنی در ادغام تحقیق و توسعه بخش دولتی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|8521||2009||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Journal of Project Management, Volume 27, Issue 4, May 2009, Pages 365–377
Government acquisitions requiring R&D efforts are fraught with uncertainty. The risks are often mitigated by employing a multi-stage competition, with multiple vendors funded initially, until a single successful vendor is selected. While decision-makers recognize they are using a real options approach, analytical tools are often unavailable to evaluate optimal decisions. We present an efficient stochastic dynamic programming approach that public sector acquisition managers can use to determine optimal vendor selection strategies in those competitions where Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are the measure of progress. We then use examples to demonstrate the proposed approach and provide illustrative numerical results.
Virtually all government acquisition activities possess some elements of risk and uncertainty. However, the acquisition of new capabilities is particularly perilous, especially when the desired capabilities are significant advances beyond current levels of technology, as is often the case in many modern defense acquisitions. These acquisitions frequently require significant research and development (R&D) programs to provide the basic research or technology development and maturation required to produce operational products that deliver the desired capability. In addition to the various cost, schedule, and programmatic risks all government acquisitions face, R&D intensive acquisitions must contend with a higher degree of technical risk. This additional risk is due to broadly defined initial capability or threshold performance levels, changing performance targets during the course of the acquisition as requirements change, insufficient technological maturity to produce the desired capability, or uncertainty regarding the feasibility of any given technological approach. The successful management of technical risk in such long duration, one-of-a-kind R&D acquisitions is crucial for these projects’ success . Government acquisition managers often mitigate the technical risk associated with R&D acquisitions through a combination of formal milestone decision points and multi-source, parallel development acquisition strategies ,  and . For example, consider the Department of Defense’s DOD 5000 acquisition process presented in Fig. 1. After the DoD has determined the new capability desired, multiple vendors are initially awarded technology development and maturity contracts to perform the R&D required for successful development of the desired capability. At predetermined decision points, Milestones A and B, resulting technologies are evaluated to determine which, if any, vendors are selected to continue R&D and capability development efforts. Milestone C decisions will typically evaluate finished prototypes and result in a final down-select to a single winning vendor to commence a low rate of initial production (LRIP) of the fielded capability. It is important to note that the winning vendor may be selected for criteria other than obtaining the highest or most robust technological maturity, such as possessing the technology with the lowest expected total cost or development schedule, or having the highest probability of successful implementation conditional upon their current level of technological maturity.While these multi-stage, multi-vendor competitions have proven useful for mitigating technical risk, acquisition managers must address a number of key questions to efficiently employ this strategy: How many vendors should be initially funded? How many stages? How should funding be spread between stages? Which vendor should be funded after each decision point? The answers to these questions present difficult tradeoffs that must be faced. For example, are more vendors, theoretically increasing the range of technical alternatives, or fewer, better-funded vendors more likely to increase the probability of successfully acquiring the desired capability on time and within budget? Should more funds be spent in the R&D phase, ensuring a more robust technological solution, or in the product development phase, increasing the likelihood of a smoother implementation? Should the high-cost, mature technology vendor be selected over the low-cost, less mature technology vendor as the winner? Of course, the answers to these questions depend upon the precise nature of the given acquisition program. However, a lack of formal models to address the optimal design of these competitions typically leads to ad hoc, qualitative solutions to these questions. Real options valuation techniques provide an analytical framework to find optimal solutions to these problems. In fact, acquisition managers often recognize that they are employing a real options approach by structuring such a competition  and . The contribution of this paper is the formulation of a stochastic dynamic program that public sector acquisition managers can use to determine optimal vendor selection strategies in such multi-stage, multi-vendor competitions. Though stochastic dynamic programming is a standard method of evaluating decisions under uncertainty, our paper is unique in the kind of decisions that we consider. Real options models typically demonstrate the increased benefits of managerial flexibility that can be achieved through the inclusion of additional options. This makes these models an ideal approach for evaluating the dynamic investment decisions in R&D portfolios, where the numbers of distinct options grow over time as R&D projects progress. However, the vendor selection problem is quiet different in that the acquisition manager starts with many different options and then chooses to potentially reduce the number of options as the project progresses. This decreasing options problem has been ignored by the literature and the suggested solution methodology constitutes a useful, practical approach for devising optimal vendor selection strategies. Moreover, using our approach, acquisition managers may find optimal strategies that would not likely have been considered without formally modeling the acquisition’s options.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Though government acquisition managers recognize they are using real options approaches, through multi-vendor, multi-stage competitions, to mitigate the technical risks associated with R&D intensive acquisition programs, there are few analytical frameworks available for their use. We develop a general formulation of such competitions that may be easily solved through dynamic programming to determine the optimal portfolio of vendor options to purchase and exercise. We find that allowing budget flexibility and multiple finding levels may increase the probability of program success. While this framework is suitable for many practical applications, it also serves as a foundation for further research, such as considering uncertainty in the budget actually available, in the hopes of addressing larger classes of problems.