PERT is used for the improvement of administration efficiency and economy, up to what extent it is helpful to improve 2Es. Critically examine.
Since the Wilson’s political-administration dichotomy era to Osborne’s ‘reinventing government’ efficiency has been in one of the central theme of PA. Information technology revolution has brought out radical changes in the administration. It has made administration more efficient by furnishing high level of information for decision making process.
PERT is a network technique for project management in a time bound and cost-conscious manner. They are useful for planning and control of complex projects involving a large no. of activities, huge costs and considerable time.
It is designed with system perspective by taking into consideration the network of processes, resource flows etc. PERT recognizes the inter-related nature of elements within large work projects.
According to Simon, decision making can be rational only when it is based on efficient information regarding alternatives and knowledge about outcomes. This process is made easier with adoption of new techniques of management like PERT, CPM, MIS.
It identifies whether tasks can be performed simultaneously or sequentially. It makes every manager aware about his responsibilities in advance. Managers can simulate the effect of alternative decisions on paper hence ensures improved management of resources.
PERT focuses on rationalizing the time uncertainty associated with completion of projects by considering 3 time estimates- optimistic, pessimistic and normal. It helps in deciding viability of long gestation period projects. esp. in our country where most of infrastructure projects shoot their cost because of poor planning.
The technique has wide ranging application in business and non-business organisations but there are some problems associated in application as difficulty of estimating time span for each activity. Application of this technique requires objective knowledge of all the factors involved in the system, this demands proper training, knowledge and experience. Private organisations are increasingly using these sophisticated tools for planning but government organisations are yet to catch the momentum.
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