The impact of training resources on performance -based contracting: An investigation using a government contracting training course

by Williams, Susan C., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 145 pages; 3284009


This study was performed to explore how contract law training impacts the implementation of performance-based contracts within an organization through the perceptions of individuals who have completed the training course. In this study, 20 contracting officers were interviewed utilizing the qualitative methodology with an interview guide. The participants represented several branches of the military such as Army, Air Force, Navy, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies. The research study found that the participant's perceptions of contract law training was a mandatory course designed to teach contracting officers about contract laws and statutes and how they apply to performance-based contracts. It was found that the participant's perceptions of contract law training course was a procurement tool that provided contracting officers with an understanding of how the law shapes the interface between the organization and its suppliers. The training was frequently referred to as "a guide that helps contracting officers (CO) to understand contract law" (participant 2). It is apparent that these contracting officers have discovered contract law training as a useful tool that allows them to transfer their knowledge of contract law into their daily job requirements. The qualitative responses from the participants were diverse and robust. It is delineated that contracting officers have found a way to apply contract law training within the context of performance-based contract to any organization.

AdviserJudith L. Forbes
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Business education
Publication Number3284009

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