Date of Award
Master of Science
Acquisition Reform is changing the way the government contracts for needed goods and services. The commercial marketplace is becoming a significant source not only of goods and services, but also of ideas as to how the government can improve its contracting and acquisition functions. This research investigates the impact of this change of focus (to the commercial marketplace) on the GS-1102 series government contract negotiator. This thesis examines whether two theories-boundary spanning and supply management-can help understand the changing the role of the government contract negotiator. This research effort also reviews a list of commercial practices recommended by experts as practices government contract negotiators should adopt. This study investigates whether the theories and expert-recommended activities are consistent with each other and with the current duties of the government contract negotiator. Results are tentative, as befits a preliminary research effort. Nevertheless, both the theories and the expert-recommended activities initially appear consistent with each other and with the current job responsibilities of the government negotiator. This apparent consistency suggests the theories could be helpful in understanding the changes taking place in the job of the government contract negotiator.
DTIC Accession Number
Hudgens, Bryan J., "The Effects of the New Commercial Marketplace Emphasis on United States Air Force Contract Negotiators" (1997). Theses and Dissertations. 6014.