Date of Award


Document Type


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Master of Science

First Advisor

Wayne G. Stone, PhD

Second Advisor

Thomas S. Graham, PhD


This research study used case and cross-case analyses to determine what Air Force Materiel Command can learn from leading business practices to produce maximum stakeholder involvement in their strategic planning process. A literature review revealed five essential elements of stakeholder involvement establishment of communication processes for multiple stakeholders, appropriate interaction policies, active CEO involvement, measurement processes, and balanced stakeholder strategies. These elements were incorporated into a model to provide a benchmark against which to evaluate AFMCs stakeholder awareness programs. The six stakeholder awareness programs selected for study were identified through a process of interviews with AFMCs senior-level strategic planners. The process owners of each program were then interviewed to establish the use and existence of the five elements in their respective programs. Overall, no major changes are needed to increase stakeholder input in AFMCs strategic planning process. The essential elements of stakeholder involvement are present in the reviewed programs and enhance the Commands ability to solicit stakeholder input.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.