OSU Formula Society of Automotive Engineers: Team Management Structure Public

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  • The OSU Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is a nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to enhancing its members‟ engineering, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. The OSU Formula SAE team objective is to design, build, and race an autocross style car that competes at annual events worldwide. The purpose of the proposed research is to identify potential improvement opportunities in the OSU Formula SAE team management structure. While SAE is heavily focused on technical mechanical and electrical engineering design, it is generally accepted that it is as much a management competition as it is an engineering design competition. Based on a literature review of company and project management structures, the OSU FSAE team represents a matrix structure where project members report to both a project (team captain) and functional (steering committee) manager. At least one team member representing each of the management levels was interviewed for this research and asked questions pertaining to successes and problems encountered during project completion. The results from these interviews were coded and evaluated based on categories pertaining to strengths and weaknesses of the matrix management structure. Based on the coded data, the biggest opportunities for improvement in the OSU Formula SAE management structure exist in the areas of technical development, norms and authorities, and team processes.
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