Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Uldis Smidchens

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Munsterman

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Carey


The extent to which a schedule management system is used in day-to-day program management operations may depend upon how useful the individual manager perceives the system to be. This study attempts to identify system-manager relationships that impact their usage by management personnel.

The study had two purposes. The first objective was to isolate attributes of the company schedule system and determine the significance of their relationship with manager opinion of the system. The second objective of the study was to investigate selected operational conditions that may impact the schedule management system and determine the significance of their relationship with manager perception of system usefulness.

A total of 268 managers from 12 industrial firms engaged in development programs were surveyed concerning their company schedule management system.

In the examination of large firms, manager opinion of schedule management system usefulness in project management was found to increase as key system elements were improved. Participation in system goal setting, training on the system, and availability of the system to the manager for individual study of alternatives had a positive impact upon manager perception of system usefulness.

In small companies with less than 25 managers, managerial opinion of scheduling system usefulness was also found to increase as key elements of the scheduling system were improved. Training on the scheduling system also had a positive impact on manager opinion of system usefulness.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access