George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

CGC Commentaries

The Federal Government Shutdown

Free Programs for Federal and Government Contractor Employees. On Friday, January 25, 2019, an agreement was reached to reopen for federal government for three weeks. Because the unprecedented length of the shutdown placed a significant burden on federal government workers and government contractor employees, the School of Business continued to offer the programs in February at no cost to impacted individuals. The following topics were offered: Introduction to Data Science for Managers, Financial Management in the Public Sector, and The Practice of Innovation. The Center for Government Contracting extends its sincerest thanks and admiration to the instructors who led these courses. In addition, the School of Business Career Services Center held sessions on writing resumes and networking.

Interview on the Center's Vision

Washington Technology logoWith new center, Mason seeks to drive GovCon conversation was the topic of an interview between Ross Wilkers, a senior staff writer for Washington Technology, and Jerry McGinn, the executive director of the Center for Government Contracting. The interview examined the vision behind the Center and introduced the three major activities of the newest Center of the School of Business: Research, Education and Training, and Collaboration. The Center seeks to explore areas of interest by including government and business stakeholders, and the School's academic community, in any GovCon discussion. [link]

GovCon Performance Drivers

Washington Technology logoJerry McGinn, Executive Director of the Center and Brett Josephson, Assistant Professor of Marketing, have written a Commentary for Washington Technology: Are performance drivers shifting in the GovCon market? The article provides insights on the strategic choices companies must make to grow their business. The article also proved a useful introduction for the Center's Dec. 11 discussion that was held on Dec. 11: Growth Drivers in the Government Contracting Marketplace. Washington Technology, Nov 30, 2018 [link]

Government Matters

Interview with Jerry McGinn on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States — A "Top Story" for Nov 19, 2018 [Link]

Defense and Silicon Valley: Don't let Google's folly set the tone

Mason GovCon Executive Director Jerry McGinn and Chairman John Hillen have written a thought provoking commentary in Defense News that is proving to be very popular. Using the backdrop of Google's decision to discontinue work on artificial intelligence for the Department of Defense under Project Maven, the author's promote the value of adopting an innovation ecosystem for companies to grow a sustainable competitive advantage. Enjoy the read. [link]