Int. J. of Management and Decision Making   »   2011 Vol.11, No.3/4



Title: Radioactive manufacturing projects and politics: scientist and politician normalised risk decision process


Author: Kenneth David Strang


Address: APPC Market Research, 640 Bay Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804, USA; University of Atlanta, 6685 Peachtree Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30360, USA


Abstract: Radiology product manufacturing draws a high level of public scrutiny as well as peer pressure on subject matter experts in the community of practice. There are numerous qualitative and quantitative variables. Experts often widely disagree on proprieties or neglect to discriminate between seemingly identical alternatives. The risks are high and many projects fail; thus, an improved approach is proposed and tested. In this study, a mixed-methods action research approach was used, involving brainstorming and quantitative analysis techniques. The analytical hierarchy process and a new multiple criteria normalisation techniques were used to build a decision-making model.


Keywords: medical radiology; public safety; multicriteria decision making; MCDM; AHP; analytical hierarchy process; radioactive manufacturing; radioactivity; politics; scientists; politicians; risk management; normalised processes; radiology products; public scrutiny; peer pressure; experts; community of practice; qualitative variables; quantitative variables; proprieties; identical alternatives; mixed methods; brainstorming; brainstorms; action research; quantitative analysis; multiple criteria normalisation; health; environment; procurement.


DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2011.040701


Int. J. of Management and Decision Making, 2011 Vol.11, No.3/4, pp.231 - 248


Available online: 17 Jun 2011



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