Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2017


Ramin Neshati

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530/630


Corporate resource management is a topic of high complexity and is of high interest for corporate management. It requires companies and managers to hire, allocate, move and fire resources as needed to facilitate the corporate direction. When hiring a resource it is important to determine what the roles and responsibilities for that resource might be now and in the future. It is then important to match those requirements against the skills and expectations of that resource. This paper aims to quantify and analyze the differences between different engineering resource types using a modified HDM (Hieratical Decision Model) method. The model modification uses a data gathering adjustment to reduce the expert survey complexity and reduce the expert inconsistency to zero. The HDM model was developed based on expert feedback and experience. The model was then used to review the hiring criteria, its driving factors and how they relate to several different types of hirable resources. This study is limited to this specific use case as it removes an entire resource class due to hiring limitations at the company used for this analysis. A future study could be performed to determine the impacts of this omitted resource type. Additionally, this analysis uses expert expectations for resource performance and not measured data. An additional analysis could be completed to use the actual performance data rather than the expected.


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