United States Air Force Small Business Stagnation: Correlations between Attitudes for Growth and Regulation

United States Air Force Small Business Stagnation: Correlations between Attitudes for Growth and Regulation

Author: 
Scott D. Adams
Program of study: 
D.B.A.
Abstract: 
Small scale entrepreneurial enterprises are critical for United States Air Force acquisition success. Small businesses supporting the United States Air Force have not reliably grown into large businesses, indicating possible stagnation in the United States Air Force’s industrial base. The purpose of this descriptive quantitative correlation study was to determine the relationship between attitudes toward growing into a large business and attitudes toward exogenous factors among small business owners supporting the United States Air Force. The extent to which attitudes toward Federal Acquisition Regulation, Financial Regulation, Financial Reporting Regulation, Environmental Regulation, Human Resource Regulation, and Health regulation as independent variables are correlated with attitudes toward business Growth as a dependent variable were determined. Medium correlation effects were shown for positive attitudes toward Growth and negative attitudes toward Federal Acquisition Regulation, Financial Regulation, and Human Resource Regulation. Negative attitudes toward Federal Acquisition Regulation had the highest correlation effect with Growth. Air Force leaders should consider minimizing Federal Acquisition Regulation effects on small businesses and small business owners should invest in understanding Federal Acquisition Regulation to gain competitive advantage. Recommendations for further research include qualitatively ascertaining why negative attitudes toward Federal Acquisition Regulation, Financial Regulation, Financial Reporting Regulation, Environmental Regulation, Human Resource Regulation, and Health regulation correlate with positive attitudes toward Growth for small business owners supporting the United States Air Force.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to my wife Shannon and daughters Lauren and Ashley; whose love and support made this journey possible.
Acknowledgements: 
The author is exceedingly grateful for the many valued contributions and guidance from the chair, Dr. Samuel Hardy, and committee members Dr. Thomas Deering and Dr. Jean Perlman. Dr. Holly Rick provided highly valued guidance and mentorship during the dissertation’s early stages. Mr. Brett Scheideman, Deputy Executive Director of the Scientific Advisory Board, United States Air Force, played an indispensable role in early idea generation and validation through insightful discussions. Mr. William Strozier, Director, Office of Small Business Programs Space & Missile Systems Center distributed participation invitations as a trusted source. Mr. Joseph Alvarez, Senior Engineer, Alion Science & Technology, Inc. and Mr. Jonathan Bogan, Program Statistician, Alion Science & Technology, Inc. provided indispensable insight during this study’s Field Test. Mr. Ashok Mehan, founder and CEO of FedMineTM, provided sound expertise for acquiring population frame data. The author is lastly indebted to small business owners that participated in this research and anticipates that knowledge contained herein will prove beneficial.