Systemic Factors Influencing Risk Aversion: Diagnosing Behaviors and Tailoring Interventions for Lasting Transformation

This research seeks to 1) uncover the underlying, largely invisible system pressures on the acquisition workforce in the DoD that influence innovative behaviors, and 2) design interventions that address systemic contributors in order to incentivize lasting behavior changes leading to the kind of cultural change required to meet the National Defense Strategy to block Russia and China and restore America’s competitive edge.

Led by Dr. Mike Rayo (CSEL) and Dr. Amanda Girth of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and in partnership with the Air Force Installation Contracting Center (AFICC) at Wright Patterson AFB, this research team is one of eight recipients of the highly competitive Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC)  Incubator Award in the category of DoD Organizational Incentives for Agility and Innovation. Work began in August 2021, and the final report describing Phase I findings will be produced in June 2022. Phase II will commence in August 2022.