Aligning National Environmental Policy Act processes with environmental management systems: A Guide for NEPA and EMS Practitioners

Aligning National Environmental Policy Act processes with environmental management systems: A Guide for NEPA and EMS Practitioners

Date: April 2007
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Description: This guidebook for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Environmental Management System (EMS) practitioners identifies elements of an EMS that can improve NEPA implementation in order to promote conditions under which humans and nature exist in productive harmony.
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Proposed National Objectives, Principles and Standards for Water and Related Resources Implementation Studies

Proposed National Objectives, Principles and Standards for Water and Related Resources Implementation Studies

Date: December 3, 2009
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Description: This document reflects planning efforts by the Executive Office of the President to design federal policy for the use of water resources.
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Input Model for Foreign Policy Crisis Decision-Making

Input Model for Foreign Policy Crisis Decision-Making

Date: August 1969
Creator: Linn, David W.
Description: The purpose of this thesis will be to examine the decision-making process in crisis situations, defined as those presenting a high threat and short decisional time. Crisis situations in the area of foreign policy have become more acute and dangerous since the end of World War II and the rise of nuclear weapon delivery capabilities.
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Criticality in Cooperative Systems

Criticality in Cooperative Systems

Date: May 2012
Creator: Vanni, Fabio
Description: Cooperative behavior arises from the interactions of single units that globally produce a complex dynamics in which the system acts as a whole. As an archetype I refer to a flock of birds. As a result of cooperation the whole flock gets special abilities that the single individuals would not have if they were alone. This research work led to the discovery that the function of a flock, and more in general, that of cooperative systems, surprisingly rests on the occurrence of organizational collapses. In this study, I used cooperative systems based on self-propelled particle models (the flock models) which have been proved to be virtually equivalent to sociological network models mimicking the decision making processes (the decision making model). The critical region is an intermediate condition between a highly disordered state and a strong ordered one. At criticality the waiting times distribution density between two consecutive collapses shows an inverse power law form with an anomalous statistical behavior. The scientific evidences are based on measures of information theory, correlation in time and space, and fluctuation statistical analysis. In order to prove the benefit for a system to live at criticality, I made a flock system interact with another similar ...
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The Influence of Business Intelligence Components on the Quality of Decision Making

The Influence of Business Intelligence Components on the Quality of Decision Making

Date: May 2013
Creator: Visinescu, Lucian L.
Description: Decision makers require the right information at the right time, in the right place and in the right format so that they can make good decisions. Although business intelligence (BI) has the potential to improve decision making, there is little empirical evidence of how well this has been achieved. The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the quality of decisions made using BI. The research question it addresses is what are the key antecedents of decision quality for users of business intelligence systems? The theoretical support for the model is developed based on the literature review that draws on decision support systems (DSS), group decision support systems (GDSS), and BI. Grounded on this literature review, the antecedents of decision quality are operationalized in this dissertation through independent variables such as the problem space complexity, the level of BI usage, the BI user experience, and information quality. The dependent variable is operationalized as decision quality and it captures the self-satisfaction with a decision made by users in a BI environment. The research model was tested using a survey of BI users whose names were provided by a marketing company. This research suggests that BI user experience is a more complex ...
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Personality and Decision Behavior

Personality and Decision Behavior

Date: August 1969
Creator: Scarborough, Jerry Paul
Description: The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between personality and certain characteristics of decision-making behavior in a modified two-choice probability learning situation. More specifically, this study addresses itself to the following questions: (1) Can personality correlates of the decision-making process be demonstrated? (2) Are personality factors related to individual differences in maximizing tendency, risk-taking, and decisiveness? (3) If such relationships, exist, who do they fit into the framework of existing decision-making theory?
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The National Environmental Policy Act: A Study of Its Effectiveness After Twenty-five Years

The National Environmental Policy Act: A Study of Its Effectiveness After Twenty-five Years

Date: January 1997
Creator: United States. Executive Office of the President.
Description: This report provides a detailed perspective on how the National Environmental Policy Act has affected federal agency decision making. The report summarizes how the Act has been implemented, how federal agency performance aligns with the intent of NEPA's framers, reactions from the public, NEPA stakeholders, and federal decision makers, and future challenges with ensuring the Act's continued effectiveness.
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Relationship between Adolescent Risk Preferences on a Laboratory Task and Behavioral Measures of Risk-taking

Relationship between Adolescent Risk Preferences on a Laboratory Task and Behavioral Measures of Risk-taking

Date: February 2011
Creator: Rao, Uma; Sidhartha, Tanuj; Harker, Karen; Bidesi, Anup S.; Chen, Li-Ann & Ernst, Monique, 1953-
Description: Article discussing research on the relationship between adolescent risk preferences on a laboratory task and behavioral measures of risk-taking.
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College Choice in the Philippines

College Choice in the Philippines

Date: May 2009
Creator: Tan, Christine Joy
Description: This descriptive and correlational study examined the applicability of major U.S. college choice factors to Philippine high school seniors. A sample of 226 students from a private school in Manila completed the College Choice Survey for High School Seniors. Cronbach's alpha for the survey composite index was 0.933. The purposes of this nonexperimental, quantitative study were (1) to describe the relative importance of major college choice factors (as identified in U.S. research) to Philippine high school seniors, and (2) to determine whether there were statistically significant differences in the importance ascribed to these factors, according to students' demographic attributes. For all statistical analyses, SPSS 16.0 software was used. To address the first purpose, the mean and standard deviation were calculated for each college choice factor addressed in the survey. To address the second purpose, ANOVAs, Mann-Whitney U tests, and Kruskal-Wallis tests were run, in order to study the relationship between each of the major college choice factors and students' demographic attributes. This study found that all of the major U.S. college choice factors were important, to some degree, in the Philippine context. Other factors were added based on pilot studies. This study also found that some of the U.S.-literature-generated demographic ...
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Complexity and Synchronization

Complexity and Synchronization

Date: August 14, 2009
Creator: Turalska, Malgorzata; Lukovic, Mirko; West, Bruce J. & Grigolini, Paolo
Description: This article discusses complexity and synchronization in decision making and information transmission.
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