In Contracting, the Details may be the Devil

January 24, 2012

Most people think the more specific you make a contract, the better performance you'll get from the vendor. Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain why that may not always work.

Kelman, a former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, discussed some recent experiments that indicate fewer details in contracting are better.

More broadly, Kelman discussed what a more trusting relationship between agency and contractors looks like. 

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