Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Theses & dissertations (Interdisciplinary)

Major

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Robert Mazur

Second Advisor

Arne Hallam

Third Advisor

Maximilian Viatori

Abstract

Field research was conducted in the Li Cheng District (about 1,200 km 2) of Shan Dong Province. Data collection occurred during a two-week period in July 2006. At that time, seven villages represented all relevant sites in the district that contained gasification technologies. Small-group interviews with village leaders, station managers, and community members were conducted locally. Contact with external government agencies and technology scientists completed the set of potential stakeholders.;This study analyzes the failure of state-owned energy development initiatives in China. Communication barriers in bureaucratic structures and culturally prescribed patterns of interaction were revealed as inhibiting information transfer, thus restricting capabilities for individual decision making, group decision making, and learning. These presented significant challenges to maintaining successful operation of community-level gasification technologies in rural Chinese villages.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16087

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Nathan Gregory Johnson

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453086

OCLC Number

234580943

ISBN

9780549541363

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

100 pages

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