The W. Gregor Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program

NCMA welcomes submissions of papers for the Ninth Annual Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program

Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents to macfarlan@ncmahq.org. The deadline for submission of papers for the 2015 Macfarlan program is January 15, 2015.

About the Award

NCMA welcomes submissions of papers for the Ninth Annual Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program. Theoretical and empirical papers relevant to the practice of contract management may be submitted for consideration in one of three categories: graduate research, professional research, and undergraduate.

W. Gregor Macfarlan served the contract management profession for more than 40 years as a researcher, author, mentor, and teacher. He once served as NCMA’s national president, and held numerous volunteer leader positions with NCMA and the Washington DC Chapter. Macfarlan was one of the most respected and beloved people ever to serve the contract management profession. Still active in the profession at the time of his passing in 2005, he was a senior research associate at LMI Consulting, Inc., in McLean, Virginia.

General Information

Papers may be submitted for consideration in one of three categories: graduate research, professional research, and undergraduate paper writing. Theoretical and empirical papers relevant to the practice of contract management are welcome. Papers may be presented from a variety of basic disciplines, such as business, finance, marketing, management, accounting, management information systems, public administration, economics, business education, and related fields, as long as the research is relevant to the contract management field.

Graduate research papers will be written and submitted by students enrolled in full-time or part-time graduate degree-granting programs, and will advance the body of knowledge of the practice of contract management. Faculty collaboration is allowed.

Professional-level research will be accomplished by organizations, firms, individuals who specialize in business research and consulting, or professionals who work in the field of contract management, and will advance the body of knowledge of the practice of contract management. The research may be sponsored by a third party.

Undergraduate papers will be authored by students enrolled in full-time or part-time undergraduate degree-granting programs. These papers do not need to be research-based, although they may be research-based.

First Place

One first-place winner will be selected for each category (papers may be considered in only one category each). The first-place winners in graduate research and professional research categories will be awarded a $5,000 prize, have their papers published in the Journal of Contract Management, and will be invited to present their papers at World Congress. The winner in the undergraduate writing category will be awarded a $1,000 prize and will be considered for publication in Contract Management Magazine.

Honorable Mention

Honorable mention awards will be presented in each category. Honorable mention papers will be considered for presentation at a World Congress or one of NCMA’s other national educational conferences, and/or publication in the Journal of Contract Management or Contract Management Magazine.






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