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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Ms. Patricia G. Luna, PhD


The purpose of this research was to compare industry and Air Force commodity council processes. More specifically, this research used a survey to gather strategic sourcing philosophies and procedures (with respect to small business participation in procurement strategies) from successful industry firms. Industry source selection documentation, applicable government contracting guidelines, and a literature review of strategic sourcing materials were also reviewed. The current Air Force commodity council process and associated historical documents were then studied using a business process modeling tool. It was determined that the Air Force process differs from industry in how small business participation is addressed, the level of detail provided in their source selection guidance, and the manner in which industry business practices are utilized. A modified Air Force commodity council process model and associated commodity council implementation and operations guide (IG5307.104-93) was proposed.

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