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The application of strategic management in the selection of optimal and sustainable energy sources in less developed countries


2003 2003

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Sustainable development problems are a genre of multi-objective ill-defined problems. The scarcity of resources in developing countries adds to the convolution of these problems, which is rooted within many disciplines. Focusing on the energy sector development and its sustainability, the main contribution of this research is of two folds: (i) The use of conventional energy sources has many negative implications on the economies of developing countries. A review of the global efforts to enhance economic growth through the deployment of renewable energy technologies is presented. Noting the failure of these efforts to accomplish their objective in due time, the appropriate strategic management tools were identified and integrated in the problem solving process to aid steer the decision process towards more effectual solutions. (ii) On the micro level, energy development projects are capital-intensive and hence prohibitive for most of the developing countries. The essence of a successful strategy is then to find the dynamic strategic fit (DSF) between these systems' external factors (opportunities and challenges) and their internal factors (resources and capabilities). We present an algorithm that utilizes the DSF concept to improve on sub-optimal solutions represented by economically feasible developmental projects. We present two real-world applications that illustrate the algorithm's ability to reduce the behavioral makeup of decision-makers and politics effects, which are discerned with MADM models.

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Subject
Operations research;
Industrial engineering;
Management;
Strategic management;
Developing countries--LDCs;
Studies;
Alternative energy sources
Classification
0796: Operations research
0546: Industrial engineering
0454: Management
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Applied sciences; Hydropower; Renewable energy; Sudan; Sustainable energy
Title
The application of strategic management in the selection of optimal and sustainable energy sources in less developed countries
Author
Hassan, Nazar Mohammed
Number of pages
308
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 64/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Manwell, James F.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3096281
ProQuest document ID
305322634
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305322634
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