Mason GovCon Starts Off 2017 with Exciting New Initiatives

Mason GovCon, whose aim is to build a distinctive academic competency in the business of the Government Contracting market, is off to a great start, with activities that have launched programs in four Marks of Excellence — academic expertise, career advancement, issues exploration and solutions, and specialized instruction. And have you noticed GovCon’s promotional video?

Working with their Board of Advisors, faculty, and School alumni, GovCon anticipates an equally engaging schedule for this year. John Hillen will have much to say on this progress at the March 2017 meeting of the Business faculty. Don’t miss it.

For this edition of Research and Grant eNews, we asked John and Charlie Dolgas to share their efforts to engage and promote School of Business research and to relate its impact on the GovCon marketplace.

In the past six months, Mason GovCon has inaugurated collaboration with Management, Marketing, and Information Systems and Operations Management:

  • Recognizing and promoting a ten-piece series of articles in Bloomberg News by Victoria Grady, with Patrick McCreesh (Booz Allen Hamilton), and others, on change management and the federal government during the presidential transition,
  • Working to promote “Managing Enterprise Risk: Does Process Maturity Matter?” by Sid Das, Anant Mishra, and James Murray (Lockheed Martin)
[The authors] find that increasing levels of process maturity reduce the negative effect of project risks on performance. However, these effects are seen only at high levels of project risks; at low levels of project risk, increasing levels of process maturity can adversely affect the performance of federal technology projects.

  • Supporting Brett Josephson who is examining the “Impact of the US Government as a Customer on Financial Performance.”

Brett’s research will investigate what role government contracts have in a firm’s customer portfolio and how they can produce the best financial return, both in terms of generating significant, as well as consistent, cash flows. The research will also identify firm strategies with the highest probability of success for profiting from government transactions.

Charlie is always mindful in finding ways to include faculty research in conference and workshop efforts. An early success was afforded by the Mandy O’Neill and Tori Grady panel presentation at the Enterprise Risk Management 2016 summit, hosted by the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management and Mason GovCon. The summit drew a record crowd of 470+. Mandy and Tori presented a panel on the effect of attachment and emotion on change risk. Mandy began by sharing insights written in her Harvard Business Review piece on emotional culture. Tori presented findings on her research based on her Change Diagnostic Index examination of a 2015 federal survey. Both then took questions from the audience. The Mason Business breakout panel attracted 200+ attendees and received the highest remarks from the post-summit evaluations.

Both John and Charlie offer open invitations to meet and talk about your research, to share developments in Mason GovCon to the betterment of the School of Business, and to create a more efficient and effective market for the public good.

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Christina Batcheler

Christina Batcheler Program Operations & Public Relations Specialist Research Partnerships & Grants Initiative, School of Business Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), Volgenau School of Engineering George Mason University P: 703-993-3746 Cell: 703-868-2488 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 *For our latest news, please go to our blog at: *To receive our news via email periodically, please send your email to: *Follow our tweets at: *Join our Meetup Group for upcoming events at:

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