Mario G. Beruvides

Mario G. Beruvides
Texas Tech University | TTU · Department of Industrial Engineering

PhD

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Introduction
Major Areas of Interest: Systems and Engineering Management, Advanced Economic Analysis, Management of Technology, White-Collar/Knowledge Work Productivity and Performance Measurement, Operations and Systems Engineering.

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Publications (189)
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Concerns over both water quality and quantity continue to increase around the world. As the need for useable and potable water becomes more of a world-wide issue, there is an opportunity to review and consider alternatives to how water is used, consumed, and sustained for future use for the world's population. Review of data across many cities with...
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A multitude of factors are known to affect the ability of individuals to become effective professionals in their chosen field of work. Identity, the sense of self and belonging, has been and is a topic of heightened emphasis in our current society. The engineering profession is not immune to the angst and inquiry that this “evaluation of self,” bot...
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Over the past forty years, leasing has gained ground as a competitive alternative to test and possibly absorb new technology, especially in light of the increasing costs of technology and capital. Additionally, leasing has allowed companies to mitigate financial risk associated with new equipment acquisition. Given these benefits of leasing, its po...
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Project Management (PM) provides a framework to employ, track, and control the organizational resources required to undertake a project and manage all its associated attributes like risks and costs. However, oftentimes, practitioners head into projects without a clear foresight into the cost overruns and schedule delays that are caused by the vario...
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At present, the accuracy of diffusion rate forecasting, at a macro-level, in the research literature, is nonexistent. This research reveals underlying macro-level trends of diffusion rate assessment using historical technological innovation diffusion data to explore the statistical characteristics of diffusion rate percent-error of the Bass and log...
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The Business Cycle paradigm of Mitchell and Burns has evolved from their original goal of understanding the entire economic process to the binary identification of growth and recessionary Turning Points. We propose a new paradigm for modelling the Business Cycle based on the Statistical Process Monitoring technique of Self-Starting Cumulative Sum (...
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The hailpad is a device to acquire data about hailstones such as their size and distribution over an area. To serve this purpose, hailpads require regular calibration. Research results indicate that the energy matching technique, a widely used calibration technique for hailpads, may not be sufficiently accurate to determine hailstone size from dent...
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The primary objective of this study is to reveal macro-level knowledge to aid the optimization, evaluation, and strategic planning of technological innovation abandonment. This research uses an exploratory data analysis (EDA) approach to extract directional and associative patterns (macro-level knowledge) to assess technological innovation abandonm...
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Hail impact testing can be requisite to comply with state, federal, and international standards. In these testing procedures, impact velocities are a critical measurement used to calculate the hail projectile’s resulting kinetic energy. It often is an implicit assumption in many of these hail impact tests that the missile velocity, as measured at t...
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Macro-level trends and patterns are commonly used in business, science, finance, and engineering to provide insights and estimates to assist decision-makers. In this research effort, macro-level trends and patterns were explored on the diffusion rates of technological innovations, a component of a sorely under-studied question in technology assessm...
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The terminal velocity of hailstones is an essential quantity in hail research. It is an important value for the kinetic energy of hailstones and has to be carefully considered when laboratory hail impact testing is being planned. Many standardized hail impact testing procedures require specific impact velocities. Several empirical models for variou...
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Risk perception can be quantified in measurable terms of risk aversion and sensitivity. While conducting research on the quantization of programmatic risk, a bridge between positive and normative decision theories was discovered through the application of a novel a priori relationship between objective and subjective probabilities and the applicati...
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The uncertainty, or entropy, of an atom of an ideal gas being in a certain energy state mirrors the way people perceive uncertainty in the making of decisions, uncertainty that is related to unmeasurable subjective probability. It is well established that subjects evaluate risk decisions involving uncertain choices using subjective probability rath...
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That engineers are a critical asset to any society that wishes to attain or sustain economic development cannot be understated. Engineers are known to possess unique skillsets and diverse professional characteristics that can be aggregated into what educators and psychologists refer to as "identity," more specifically an "engineering identity." Unf...
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Wastewater treatment (WT) and biomass-derived fuel production (BDFP) technologies have had success in the few markets that they have been tested. Also, typically observed is the fact organizations that adopt either of these technologies individually are required by law to implement pollution control/reduction policies. Consequently, there is a prev...
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Accelerating digitization of critical infrastructures is increasing interconnection and interdependence among high-reliability subsystems. The resulting dependencies create new challenges in preventing underinvestment in high impact, low probability (HILP) events which can have disastrous consequences for society’s critical subsystems. These more i...
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U.S. electricity industry went through federal deregulation and restructuring process in early 1990s. The two major objectives of deregulations were to lower electric prices to end-consumers by retail competition and to encourage renewable energy investments to reduce imported fossil fuels and promote cleaner environment. The federal deregulations...
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This paper examines the historical relationship between renewable energy intensity in South Korea (Korea) and major fuel prices with macroeconomic variables, and compares the results with the U.S. counterpart. Renewable energy initiatives have been more active in the world energy market since the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970s. South Korea, th...
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This study explores the various attributes of the direct relationship between firm-level productivity, measured by total factor productivity, and liquidity, determined by the cash conversion cycle, without the intermediating effect of firm profits. For this objective, panel data is employed to understand the existence, linearity, directionality, ty...
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This study compares two productivity metrics, Total Factor Productivity (TFP) and Total Productivity (TP), for their associations with one another and two types of profits. Several attributes of the direct productivity-profit relationship, not mediated by any other firm characteristic, are evaluated, such as the existence of bi-directionality in th...
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Since the Stafford Act of 1988, the process of obtaining a formal Major Disaster Declaration has been codified for national implementation, with tasks defined at the smallest levels of local government up to the President. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) placed additional requirements on local government to plan for mitigation activi...
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This work is a companion paper to “Quantifying the Relationship Between Predisaster Mitigation Spending and Major Disaster Declarations for US States and Territories.” Mitigation is a relatively new undertaking, especially for local jurisdictions, within the United States disaster policy. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires loca...
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This paper explores a way to apply Item Response Theory (IRT), one of the popular statistical methodologies in measurement and psychometrics, to evaluate Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) paths in the U.S. electricity market. FTR is an energy derivative product to hedge congestion cost risks inherent in constrained transmission lines. In New Engl...
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This paper aims to investigate the time-varying influences of major crude oil-producing countries on Brent oil prices, with seven-panel data over the observation years of 1998 to 2018. We create seven panels with 36 monthly data for each and estimate the contributions of individual producing countries to oil price changes with a multivariate regres...
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For an economic system such as a nation, assessing the efforts of its constituent economic activities that is directed toward greater efficiency, which in aggregate determines the overall efficiency at the national level is important. Such an exercise provides information on which constituent economic activities are underperforming and require atte...
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The use of System Dynamics to model, understand, and predict the behavior of complex systems has grown steadily over the last two decades. One complex phenomenon that has received considerable attention of researchers in the System Dynamics discipline is the Economics of Quality, specifically the Cost of Quality, in manufacturing organizations. The...
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System Dynamics (SD)-based simulation is gaining ground as simulation itself becomes increasingly embedded in the decision-making process. Given the wide availability of simulation software like Vensim and Simulink, complex systems can now be constructed, deconstructed, and replicated with ease unlike in the past. The concomitant increase in the ne...
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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in 1960, and ever since, its fourteen members have enjoyed its dominant supplier position with 43% of global production and 80% of the oil reserves. The oil price reached a peak in mid-2008 when the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures price was skyrocketing to $150 per barrel, a...
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A system dynamics approach to groundwater modeling suitable for groundwater management planning is presented for a basin-scale system. System dynamics techniques were used to develop a general model for estimating changes in net annual groundwater storage. This model framework was applied to two inland groundwater basins in California and tested ag...
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Six Sigma (SS) is now a well-entrenched methodology for performance improvement and comprises highly sophisticated tools targeted at quality improvement or cost reduction initiatives. However, the application of such tools is often not predicated on a foreknowledge or an informed supposition of the potential effects but is instead autotelic. One ap...
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Over the past decade, leasing, as opposed to purchasing, has gained prominence regarding acquiring capital-intensive industrial robots. Investments in plant automation have seen significant growth over this time given the increasing need for higher productivity and quality. To offset the concomitant rise in automation equipment costs, organizations...
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System Dynamics (SD)-based simulation has gained traction in recent times as a technique to study a system’s behavior. It has been employed to model diverse complexes, from reactive chemical assemblages to socio-economic systems. However, SD-based simulation models, like models derived from competing simulation techniques, typically suffer the prob...
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Over time, all industries have adapted to the ever-increasing demand for higher product quality and throughput by embracing automation and industrial robots. The impact of the purchasing decision of automation equipment such as robots on an organization’s profitability needs to be better understood, given the paucity of published empirical data on...
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South Korean (Korean) shipbuilders have been successful in the global shipbuilding industry since its inception in the 1970s, and the major five firms captured a combined market share 25.8% in terms of output as of 2017. In the macroeconomic perspective, the shipbuilding industry has undergone a fluctuation of its demand: the recent trend for the d...
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Preserving and enhancing the resilience of water supply systems is an important goal for managers to help ensure the ongoing availability of a resource necessary to both economic activity and basic survival. If not explicitly identified as a goal, it can be inferred from the desire to preserve water supply against a variety of stressors for current...
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Engineering managers require tools that can handle extreme systemic complexity and interrelationships. Causal loop diagrams (CLDs) are tools within systems thinking that aid in evaluating complex systems. Repeating patterns recognized during CLD development are known as system archetypes. Safety system archetypes are specialized system archetype to...
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Infrastructure systems exist today that are non-adaptive, and in a continually changing environment, has led to breakdowns, high maintenance costs, and resulted in sub-optimal system operation. Sustainment practices of water infrastructures tend to be reactive; planned sustainment practices over continued maintenance would help lead to better suppo...
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Despite R&D having long been identified by firms as a critical investment because of its relationship with innovation, there is still much to be learned about this activity and its effect. For instance, most firms report R&D expenditures as an aggregated value, as a percentage of either revenues or profit. However, the granular level allocation of...
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While the comprehension of an economic system has improved over the years, there is still much to be learned about hidden phenomena that shape a country's economic performance. A plethora of leading, lagging, and coincident type economic indexes are now available in the econometric toolbox that fulfill several traditional economic requirements like...
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The overall management of water infrastructure systems can have complexity due to the age of the system, various funding sources and distribution throughout infrastructure, policy/governance, and types of short-and long-term sustainment approaches. A systems-level analysis would help in overall optimization where this, in some instances, will requi...
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Several studies have been performed to review the state the art in the cost of quality (COQ) literature. These studies have focused on different aspects such as models, adoption, limitations, etc. Few works have been found addressing the COQ simulation procedures. Simulation is a crucial tool to attain preliminary inexpensive results prior to poten...
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The cash conversion cycle (CCC), a proxy metric used for the measurement and management of Working Capital (WC), has long been established in previous research as being crucial to organizational profitability. The same holds true for the measure of productivity. Intuitively, synergies between CCC and productivity are obvious: both influence profita...
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Mexico and US have a strong relationship that goes beyond border sharing; their economies seem to be tight together in several ways like social, cultural and market composition. To have a better understanding of the interrelationship between these two countries, at least in the economic dimension, is needed to analyze how connected their stock mark...
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The current work aims to shed light on the effect of technology to reduce defects in manufacturing, via a systematic literature review in industrial robots, six-sigma, radio-frequency identification, design for six-sigma, and advanced manufacturing technologies. The systematic literature review is a technique to gather and analyze information from...
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With increasing competition and a growing emphasis on customer satisfaction, companies are pursuing policies that enable them to attract and retain a customer base. One such strategy is to allow customers time to assess a product and return it if it is not in alignment with their expectations. As beneficial as such a strategy can be in terms of gro...
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A practitioner's textbook, providing an overview of all policy components of emergency management in the United States. Topics include federal policy from the 20th century and earlier, policy as a result of recent major disasters, and industry-specific policy governing the current workforce and for-profit sector.
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The current work aims to shed light on the evolution of the economics of quality, also known as the cost of quality (COQ), via a historical analysis of the succession of different historical and scientific developments in the field. A timeline analysis makes visible the critical shifts in the development of the COQ theory and its implications to cu...
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Based on W. Edwards Deming's theory of profound knowledge to achieve economic development, the importance of a hypothetical relationship between a national entrepreneurship system and a national innovation system is presented in this article. In a sense, entrepreneurship is an activity that occurs in the space between technology push and market pul...
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Satisfying customer’s needs is the main goal in both quality and innovation management. However, the relationship between innovation management and quality management is not fully understood in the quality literature. One way to understand this complex relationship is via cost of quality (COQ) studies. COQ is the sum of conformance and nonconforman...
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Quantile estimation is a problem presented in fields such as quality control, hydrology, and economics. There are different techniques to estimate such quantiles. Nevertheless, these techniques use an overall fit of the sample when the quantiles of interest are usually located in the tails of the distribution. Regression Approach for Quantile Estim...
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Despite Joseph Juran's strong emphasis, the cost of quality (COQ) concept has not been adopted as a performance metric in many organizations with a quality management (QM) initiative in place. Several studies in the quality literature confirm that conclusion. There are some discussions in studies on the causes preventing the COQ construct to fully...
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The theory of Total Productivity Management (TPMgmt) predicts that the breakeven, and thereby the profitability, of an organization is determined by the working capital (WC) consumption over a period. One of its inferences is that higher the ratio of consumed WC to the total tangible input utilized by an organization, the sooner the organization br...
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In their paper “Combining Systems Dynamics and Ethics: Towards More Science?” Erik Pruyt and Jan Kwakkel argue that ethics ought to play a larger role in systems dynamics and vice versa (2007). Including ethics, they contend, will add sensitivity to current systems models as well as provide guidance on how to achieve best outcomes; with respect to...
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Prajogo and Sohal (2001) aimed to find a relationship between total quality management (TQM) and innovation. Their extensive analysis of the state of the research led to the conclusion that the relationship between innovation and cost of quality (COQ) requires to be investigated since it was not considered in previous studies. COQ being an importan...
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Capability analysis corresponds to a set of methods used to estimate and test the ability of an in-control process to provide a specific output. When there is only one quality characteristic that behaves as a continuous random variable, indices like C p and C pk can be used to measure how well requirements are met. Under normality, variation is ind...
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A wide variety of Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) techniques deal with the problem of predicting the time for an asset fault. Most statistical approaches rely on historical failure data that might not be available in several practical situations. To address this issue, practitioners might require the use of self-starting approaches that consider...
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Some organizations have been able to accomplish innovation sporadically while others have a consistent pattern of success. In fact, innovation is widely recommended to be part of regular operations for most organizations. However, including the construct of innovation in quality applications has been elusive; this deficiency, when addressed, has be...
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The main objective of Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) is to assess the level of degradation on an equipment for maintenance decision-making. CBM literature shows a wide variety of methodologies to fulfill this objective, with positive results on diagnostics and prognostics of failure. However, the degradation variable could suffer an unexpected c...
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Can more output be squeezed from the inputs available and can productivity be increased any further? These are generic but very widely applicable questions that surely cross the minds of managers and CEOs. And these are indeed questions that, if addressed, could mean improved profits and revenues, the ultimate goal of any organization. Productivity...
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Capital investment in physical assets has increased over the years. With the increasing complexity and variety of assets, companies are highly dependent on assets performing at high efficiency levels. Equipment performance has become a crucial business factor that has led to a particular focus on the maintenance function. Maintenance is frequently...
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Performance of maximum likelihood estimators (MLE) of the change-point in normal series is evaluated considering three scenarios where process parameters are assumed to be unknown. Different shifts, sample sizes, and locations of a change-point were tested. A comparison is made with estimators based on cumulative sums and Bartlett's test. Performan...
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High reliability organizations (HROs) operate in hazardous, fast-paced, and complex environments yet avoid catastrophic accidents. Since the genesis of HRO theory in 1989, interest in HROs has grown beyond hazardous operations to many industries, including health care. This article reviews the literature to determine the extent to which changes mad...
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In this study, the results of a multi-project engineering economic analysis of a Six Sigma program for a contractor providing custom manufacturing and service activities for a U.S. federal government agency are presented. Examined are the project costs, project savings, benefit/cost ratio, and operational performance improvement for Six Sigma proje...
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This article contributes to how work in America changed. Organizations are converting from a control to an involvement paradigm to sharpen their competitive edge. Work itself can be characterized in three parts: blue-collar work, white-collar work, and knowledge work. This research addresses the differences between traditional blue-collar work and...
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Cost of Quality has long been applied to manufacturing entities only. This research expands on that effort and applies the COQ methodologies to water utilities. Three water utilities were chosen for the initial study—El Paso, Lubbock, and San Antonio, Texas. A Prevention, Appraisal, and Failure Cost Compendium was developed to assist in categorizin...
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In order to minimize maintenance cost and improve rural transit vehicles services, a Regional Maintenance Center (RMC) concept was conceived and utilized by the Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) to maintain and repair rural transit vehicles within a geographical region. The key attributes of an RMC is the resource sharing between urban an...
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This article contributes to how teams comprised mainly of knowledge workers influence project team performance. This article highlights the need to examine knowledge work and knowledge worker teams' impact on performance. Three large-sized companies were investigated through their projects, knowledge work, team environment, and team success. Result...
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This article examines the degree to which reengineering is a new management concept and the promise it holds as an effective productivity-enhancing strategy. This examination is not simply an output-over-input analysis; it considers the systemic, cultural, and human resource aspects in organizational dynamics. The authors contend that organizationa...
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This article compares W. Edwards Deming's total quality management (TQM) theory with Frederick Winslow Taylor's scientific management theory. Although these two theories have in the past been misrepresented as philosophical opposites, the authors have researched and highlighted the extensive degree of similarity between the two. The recent rise in...
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Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and Federal Emergency Management Agency's subsequent Interim Final Rule, the requirement was placed on local governments to author and gain approval for a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for the areas under their jurisdiction. Low completion percentages for HMPs-less than one-third of eligible governments-were...
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Research in multiple internal rate of return (MROR) has mainly focused on three areas: uniqueness, conditions where MROR occur, and solutions to MROR. In an attempt to solve for MROR, researchers have assumed that the occurrence of MROR is prevalent and thus a solution is direly needed. This article examines the probability that positive MROR would...