ERIC Number: ED243717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Corporate Use of Information regarding Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.
Train, Russell E.
This report presents findings and recommendations from a 1-year study which identified corporate needs for resource information (particularly statistical information) and assessed the extent to which these needs are being met by various resource-information services, including those of the federal government. Chapter I discusses 11 types of corporate decisions requiring use of resource information (such as resource acquisition, production capacity, plant siting, research and development, and bank lending). Chapter II discusses the sources corporations rely on for their resource information, describing these sources and rating their relative importance in providing information. Chapter III assesses the performance of public and private organizations which provide such information to U.S. corporations, discussing strengths of their performance and exploring opportunities for improvement in performance as identified during interviews with 229 information users at 45 of America's largest corporations, trade associations, and private information companies, and by a survey of 110 information users (survey questionnaire is provided in an appendix). Chapter IV presents six recommendations for improving the U.S. Government's resource-information systems, including establishing an international resource information clearinghouse and improving the credibility of government natural resource forecasts, and strengthening federal statistical policy management. Ninety-six percent of the 229 participants agreed with these recommendations. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC.