Professors Amanda Girth
and Trevor Brown
have been awarded a research grant from the National Center for the Middle Market at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. In this study, Girth and Brown will examine the barriers to competition, purported disparities, and structural policy effects that impede middle market firms’ ability to compete for federal contracts. Small firms benefit from set asides and other programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and large firms have internal capacity, scale, and extensive past performance history to compete in the public procurement. Yet mid-size firms are essentially left out – they are too big to qualify for set asides and do not have parity with large firms against whom they are competing for procurements. Girth and Brown analyze both the supply-side and demand-side of the federal procurement market to determine the implications of this purported disparity for mid-size firms. Girth and Brown will be named Fellows of the National Center of the Middle Market.
Dr. Amanda Girth has received a $92,180 research grant from the Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program, awarded by Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center San Diego. Girth will lead this research project to assess whether financial incentives produce better contracting outcomes and examine the factors contributing to (or hindering) contract performance. The study tests theories of incentive design, forges new ground in contract implementation, and contributes to the body of knowledge on the research and practice of procurement. Click here to learn more about the Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
A new study by Professor Girth finds process, discretion, and dependency help government contractors avoid sanctions for poor performance. Most local government agencies rely on outside contractors to provide goods and services to citizens. But, what do the managers of agencies do when the contractor fails to meet the terms of their contract? Dr. Girth looks beyond the terms and conditions of the contract to the front lines of contract management by assessing whether and how severely managers sanction contractors for poor performance. »Click here to learn more
Dr. Girth won the Leonard White Award for best dissertation.The prestigious prize is given annually for the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of public administration by the American Political Science Association. »Read the dissertation