A Case Study in the Application of Design Structure Matrix for Improvement of Policy Formulation in Complex Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Year: 2016
Editor: Marly Monteiro de Carvalho, Steven D. Eppinger, Maik Maurer, Lucia Becerril
Author: Shqipe Buzuku, Andrzej Kraslawski, Tuomo Kässi
Series: DSM
Institution: School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland; Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Lodz, Poland
Section: DSM Application and Case Studies
Page(s): 091-101
DOI number: 10.19255/JMPM-DSM2016
ISBN: 978-85-63710-01-7


Designing effective and acceptable policy is a non-trivial task for decision makers and stakeholders. Especially, policy formulation related to environmental management is still a serious challenge. It requires development of new tools to support better understanding of the complexities involved in addressing problems and finding the best solutions. We believe that using a systematic approach to design public policies helps to model the structure of complex policies, which can drive the whole system structure of organization management towards sustainability. A case study in policy formulation and analysis related to a large industrial wastewater treatment plant in Brazil is presented. The results obtained from the morphological analysis are used in the formulation of policy alternatives through the application of design structure matrix. The results have the potential to further promote the use of modeling tools in the formulation of policies for improvement of policy performance and effectiveness for different areas.

Keywords: policy design, public formulation, design structure matrix, complex systems, sustainability

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