The Impact of Program Strategy on the Success of Public Sector Minority Business Enterprise Set-Aside Programs: The Case of the State of Ohio
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In 2008, the Governor of the State of Ohio, Democrat Ted Strickland, promulgated an executive order to increase the percentage of state purchasing devoted to MBEs across all state agencies. While state agencies failed to meet percentage targets under Governor Strickland’s leadership, most agencies have achieved the targets under his successor, Republican John Kasich. This paper compares changes in the program and the implementation context between the two administrations to identify factors which promote and inhibit success. Multivariate empirical and in-depth qualitative analyses provide evidence that operational strategy changes in program implementation drove the success of the program under the Kasich administration in comparison to the Strickland administration. The analysis presented in the paper assesses the impact of program strategy relative to other potentially influential factors including: leadership diversity, organizational size, MBE supply, organizational structure, and organizational culture and history. The findings have implications for the design and implementation of set-aside programs in other states and other levels of government.