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An Analysis of the Effect of Environmental and Systems Complexity on Information Systems Failures

An Analysis of the Effect of Environmental and Systems Complexity on Information Systems Failures

Date: August 2001
Creator: Zhang, Xiaoni
Description: Companies have invested large amounts of money on information systems development. Unfortunately, not all information systems developments are successful. Software project failure is frequent and lamentable. Surveys and statistical analysis results underscore the severity and scope of software project failure. Limited research relates software structure to information systems failures. Systematic study of failure provides insights into the causes of IS failure. More importantly, it contributes to better monitoring and control of projects and enhancing the likelihood of the success of management information systems. The underlining theories and literature that contribute to the construction of theoretical framework come from general systems theory, complexity theory, and failure studies. One hundred COBOL programs from a single company are used in the analysis. The program log clearly documents the date, time, and the reasons for changes to the programs. In this study the relationships among the variables of business requirements change, software complexity, program size and the error rate in each phase of software development life cycle are tested. Interpretations of the hypotheses testing are provided as well. The data shows that analysis error and design error occur more often than programming error. Measurement criteria need to be developed at each stage of the ...
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The uninvestigated factors: Dimensions of personality and psychopathology in sex offenders

The uninvestigated factors: Dimensions of personality and psychopathology in sex offenders

Date: May 2001
Creator: Briley, Josh
Description: Understanding the relation between personality characteristics, psychopathology, and sexual offenses can contribute to developing more effective treatment interventions. Previous research with sex offenders has focused on general personality traits or inconsistently classified sex offenders based on psychopathology. It was hypothesized that combining personality and psychopathological traits can assist in understanding sex offenders. The current study evaluated 88 male sex offenders in a court-mandated outpatient treatment program utilizing the NEO-PI-R and the MMPI-2. Three clusters of child molesters were examined for differences in personality characteristics and number of offenses. A second-order principle axis factor (PAF) analysis of personality and psychopathology traits revealed three factors: Psychological Distress, Excitement-Seeking, and Social Desirability. The potential clinical utility of these dimensions in predicting treatment compliance is examined.
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Transnational Organized Crime and Destabilization in Democracies, Russian Organized Crime as Case Study

Transnational Organized Crime and Destabilization in Democracies, Russian Organized Crime as Case Study

Date: August 2001
Creator: Yasar, Muhammet Murat
Description: Transnational organized crime has been prevalent during the last century, but it recently has been recognized as a threat to the world order. Governments throughout the world, along with the intergovernmental organizations identified this phenomenon as a new threat to domestic and international security. This paper attempts to explain the impacts of transnational organized crime on the functioning of democratic societies by adopting the Russian Organized Crime as case study. The descriptive research with regard to definition, scope and organization of transnational organized crime, along with the objectives, limitations and methodology of this research will be included in the first chapter. Recent trends observed in organized crime`s character and the impact of organized crime on the political economies of democratic regimes will be contained in the following chapters. Pre-conditions for a broader response to transnational organized crime and conclusive remarks will be the context of the last chapter.
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GEO Year Book 2006: An Overview of Our Changing Environment

GEO Year Book 2006: An Overview of Our Changing Environment

Date: 2006
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Description: This publication describes major global environmental issues and policy decisions during 2006.
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Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

Date: 2009
Creator: O'Toole, Erin
Description: Encyclopedia article entry in the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture by H. James Birx. This encyclopedia article discusses photosynthesis.
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The Quick and the Dirty: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Database Overlap at the Journal Title Level

The Quick and the Dirty: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Database Overlap at the Journal Title Level

Date: May 3, 2014
Creator: Harker, Karen & Kizhakkethil, Priya
Description: Presentation for the 2014 North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference on database overlap at the journal title level.
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Applying Visual Arts Pedagogy in the Training of New Digital Imaging Technicians

Applying Visual Arts Pedagogy in the Training of New Digital Imaging Technicians

Date: April 28, 2014
Creator: Moore, Jeremy D. & Rankins, Derek L.
Description: Presentation for the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL). This presentation discusses applying visual arts pedagogy in the training of new digital imaging technicians.
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Media Influence on Executive Police Decision-Making: A Case Study of Police and Media Interaction During the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation and Trials

Media Influence on Executive Police Decision-Making: A Case Study of Police and Media Interaction During the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation and Trials

Date: May 2001
Creator: Bellew, Steven S.
Description: Because media influence public opinion, it is often surmised that media also influence the decisions of police executives. This exploratory case study examined the relationship between police and media during the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and subsequent trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Findings indicate that media influence police executive decisions when police and media interact closely. It was found that during the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials, police on the outer perimeter were influenced most and police conducting the investigation or who were tasked to court room security were influenced the least. It was concluded, based on the consensus of respondents interviewed, that media do influence police executive decisions.
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Eclipses

Eclipses

Date: 2009
Creator: O'Toole, Erin
Description: Encyclopedia article entry in the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture by H. James Birx. This encyclopedia article discusses eclipses.
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The Portal to Texas History

The Portal to Texas History

Date: 2009
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson & Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: This presentation describes how The Portal to Texas History was started, the processes involved, and how the IOGENE project developed. It discusses the many planning phases and reasons for the decisions that were made and illustrates the outcomes and how The Portal to Texas History works.
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