Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2005


Tugrul U. Daim

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520/620


Managing information during the time of a crisis is a major challenge and calls for a formal disaster plan methodology. During times of a natural disaster it is human nature not to think linearly or logically. It is also human tendency to discount perceived risk when a certain event hasn’t occurred in a long period of time. The purpose of this project is to propose a methodology applying engineering and technology management tools to disaster management in order to develop a campus plan for Portland State University. The combination of tools presented evaluates the disaster risk at a macro level using cross-impact scenario analysis. For each potential scenario, a knowledge map approach is used to map the various scenarios at the micro level. In addition, descriptive or suggestive templates are developed to propose a detailed solution for each micro-level scenario. In order to arrive at this solution, this paper proposes creating a matrix organization model enabling the use of cross-functional teams for implementation. This project attempts to provide a “wake-up call” to Portland State University to close the gap between the actual and perceived risk levels for a natural disaster.


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