Factor analysis of disruptive technology approaches and company demographics in defense SBIR Phase 1 competition

by Warner, Eugene E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 127 pages; 3612247


The U.S. national defense establishment invests approximately $70 billion dollars annually for weapon system research and development. Most of this investment is to advance technology along predictable trajectories; however, the advantage realized comes at increasing cost. Disruptive innovation theory indicates that focusing on the architecture of technology solutions can open development pathways that offer significant military advantage. This study explores the relationship between an organization's technology development approach (TDA) and its success in winning SBIR Phase 1 competitions. The research posits a difference in SBIR Phase 1 success between companies using sustaining and disruptive TDA. Companies responding to DARPA SBIR Phase 1 solicitations are surveyed to determine their approach to developing technology solutions. A newly developed instrument is used to identify disruptive and sustaining TDA. Demographic data, SBIR success, and data on TDA are collected. Principal axis factoring was used to identify four orthogonal factors related to TDA. The factors were interpreted and a new objective scale was developed to measure sustaining TDA. Correlation and regression analyses indicated TDA is a contributing factor in SBIR Phase 1 success. Focus on the defense market and company inventiveness as measured by patent activity are also predictors. The findings indicate TDA mediates a company's focus and success at winning SBIR Phase 1 contracts. Implications for defense acquisition and disruptive innovation are discussed. A new conceptual framework linking focus, capability, inventiveness, and TDA with SBIR Phase 1 success is proposed for further research.

AdviserMarc Muchnick
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Design; Management; Demography
Publication Number3612247

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - http://www.proquest.com - or contact ProQuest Support.