Setting Priorities for Environmental Policies and Programs: An Environmental Decision Making Approach

By Chu-hua Kuei, Christian N. Madu and Chinho Lin.

Published by The Design Collection

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Design systems are concerned with taking purposeful designing actions along a hierarchy of systems to make things better and/or get things made in the material world. Designers in the new economy need to be trained and educated in the art of decision science.
This paper demonstrates how sustainable processes with a special focus on design stages along the policy/program life cycle are achieved through the adoption of Environmental Decision Making (EDM) frameworks. This paper presents a preliminary study on the development of environmental policies and programs. Different design and implementation issues during the deployment of environmental policies and process design/management are discussed from the policy and process decision makers’ perspectives. At the policy level, a Strategic Route Map is developed. This framework highlights a vertical design and implementation strategy. With this roadmap, policy makers may develop unique capabilities with the implementation process. Cognitive mapping and the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) are used to demonstrate the process. With respect to environmental process design/management, environmental systems of all sizes need operationally validated frameworks. A framework that involves process practices and the usage of appropriate decision science tools is therefore developed. A detailed blueprint, called a Tactical Route Map, is used to complement the existing physical structure and delivery processes. Three decision models are applied: Capability Maturity Model Integration, Quality Function Deployment, and Six Sigma.

Keywords: Design Systems, Process Design and Change, Policy Deployment, Sustainability, Environmental Decision Making

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.315-332. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.180MB).

Dr. Chu-hua Kuei

Professor, Dept. of Management and Management Science, Pace University, NY, New York, USA

Chu-hua Kuei, Ph.D., is professor of Management and Management Science, at Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York. He received his Ph.D. in Business (Major: Management Planning Systems) from The City University of New York. He has over fifty refereed publications. He has contributed articles to Omega, IIE Transaction, Decision Sciences, Long Range Planning, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and others. He is the co-author of Experimental Statistical Designs and Analysis in Simulation Modeling (Quorum Books, 1993), Strategic Total Quality Management (Quorum Books, 1995), and ERP and Supply Chain Management (2004, Chi Publishers). His current research interests include environmental decision making, quality science, decision technology, and supply chain management.

Dr. Christian N. Madu

Department of Management and Management Science Lubin School of Business, Pace University, Plaza, New York, USA

Dr. Chinho Lin

Professor, Department of Industrial and Information Management & Institute of Information Management College of Management Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Dr. Chinho Lin is Professor of Industrial and Information Management & Institute of Information Management, College of Management Science, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He has contributed articles to Omega, Decision Sciences, International Journal of Production Economics, Expert Systems and Applications, International Journal of Quality Reliability Management, and others. His research interests are Industrial policy, management science, supply chain environmental management, and quality management.

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