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  1. Enterprise Strategic Portfolio Performance (ESP2) Management Model [Download]

    Title: Enterprise Strategic Portfolio Performance (ESP2) Management Model
    Author: Hussein, Moataz
    Description: Organizations achieve their strategy through projects. Organizations also embark on strategic change initiatives to fill performance gaps in their operational practices. The interaction between strategy and organizational activities is complicated. Accordingly, integrating the performance of the organizational domains with the strategy domain is a challenge. The strategic portfolio performance management approach in three large organizations was investigated to have a closer look at the performance management practices. Understanding the views of practitioners regarding the strategic portfolio performance management practices in their organizations or those of their clients was important. Therefore, a questionnaire was conducted, and 164 professionals represent different industries, and geographical locations participated. The results showed the absence of a comprehensive enterprise-wide performance management model. Moreover, organizations usually confuse between the success factors of various organizational domains. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find project management metrics used to measure strategic objectives performance. A similar confusion was observed between project performance and operation performance. Additionally, communicating the organization strategy to project and operation domains is still a challenge. More importantly, it was observed that existing portfolio performance models and practices focus on the performance of only projects, and ignore other portfolio components. Finally, organizations overlook the continuity of the strategic alignment of the projects in a portfolio, even though it was significantly relevant. Based on the findings, there is a need for an enterprise-wide strategic portfolio performance management system that looks at enterprise portfolio from a broader perspective than that of just a portfolio of projects. The findings of the field study, semi-structured interviews, questionnaire and literature review were used to develop Enterprise Strategic Portfolio Performance (ESP2) Management Model. The ESP2 model suggests structuring the organizational units into portfolios. Each portfolio encompasses three portfolio components: projects, operations, and change initiatives. The ESP2 model uses a Strategy- Portfolio Integration Matrix that fully integrate between the performance of the portfolio domains with that of the strategy domain. The integration matrix also serves as a useful dashboard that facilitates executive dictions making related to the enterprise performance management. The research contributes to improving the practices of the strategic portfolio performance management. The proposed ESP2 model serves as a basis for further enhancements and research in the field.
    Keywords: Project management, Strategic alignment, Organizational performance management, Project portfolio management
    Date Uploaded: 06/18/2018
  2. Supplementary Materials and Data for article "Children's Thinking about HIV/AIDS Causality, Prevention, and Social Interaction" (.zip file) [Download]

    Title: Supplementary Materials and Data for article "Children's Thinking about HIV/AIDS Causality, Prevention, and Social Interaction" (.zip file)
    Author: Sigelman, Carol
    Description: Supplementary materials in the attached .zip file for the article published in Journal of Child and Family Studies. Sigelman, C. K. (2018, in press): "Children’s thinking about HIV/AIDS causality, prevention, and social interaction." Article abstract: Guided by both a Piagetian and a naïve theories perspective on disease concepts, this study examined children’s thinking about HIV/AIDS, with special attention to its development, coherence, and sociocultural correlates. It examined age differences among Mexican-American and Euro-American children aged 8 to 13 (N = 158) in both Piagetian level of causal understanding (independent of correctness) and the causal knowledge central to an intuitive theory of AIDS (knowledge of risk behaviors and of the viral disease agent). It explored theoretical coherence in terms of implications of causal understanding and causal knowledge for knowledge of how to prevent AIDS and willingness to interact with people who have it. As predicted, scores on all measures increased significantly with age, and causal knowledge of risk factors exceeded knowledge of corresponding prevention rules. In multiple regression analyses, causal knowledge of both risk factors and the viral disease agent predicted knowledge of prevention and willingness to interact, even with age and other measures controlled. Prevention knowledge predicted willingness to interact even better, whereas the Piagetian measure of casual understanding did not predict either prevention knowledge or willingness to interact. Ethnic group differences were not evident but parent education was related to greater viral knowledge and willingness to interact. The results suggest a good deal of coherence in children’s thinking about this disease while also suggesting the desirability of making explicit the implications of critical causal information about an unfamiliar disease for preventing the disease without stigmatizing those who have it.
    Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Disease prevention, Causality, Child development, Supplementary materials
    Date Uploaded: 06/08/2018
  3. Boat Flooding Control: Design and Autonomous Based Design [Download]

    Title: Boat Flooding Control: Design and Autonomous Based Design
    Author: Bae, Jung Min
    Description:
    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Saiboat flooding control valve
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  4. Tidal-Irrigation System in the Wilbur V. Harlan Greenhouse [Download]

    Title: Tidal-Irrigation System in the Wilbur V. Harlan Greenhouse
    Author: Adams, Thomas
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    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Tidal irrigation system in greenhouse
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  5. Strāta, Ground Robot [Download]

    Title: Strāta, Ground Robot
    Author: Barnes, Scott
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    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Ground robot
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  6. Vibration Analysis and Shaft Alignment Training Devices [Download]

    Title: Vibration Analysis and Shaft Alignment Training Devices
    Author: George-Warren, Aden
    Description:
    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Shaft alignment tool, Vibration analysis tool
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  7. Vikasa, Portable Solar Generator [Download]

    Title: Vikasa, Portable Solar Generator
    Author: Patron, Aaron
    Description:
    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Portable solar generator, Origami design
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  8. SAE Baja Front Suspension [Download]

    Title: SAE Baja Front Suspension
    Author: Bracco, Jason
    Description:
    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Mini-Baja competition
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  9. Wood Stove Thermal Modeling [Download]

    Title: Wood Stove Thermal Modeling
    Author: Arimoto, Brent
    Description:
    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Wood stove, Thermal modeling
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018
  10. Wind Turbine Experimental Setup [Download]

    Title: Wind Turbine Experimental Setup
    Author: Hummels, Raymond
    Description:
    Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Senior design, Wind turbine testing
    Date Uploaded: 05/16/2018