Search Results for: "wicked problem"

Resolving wicked problems: rules of the game

Broad guidelines for problem-resolution processes derived from first principles The reason for this post…      is to see to what extent one can understand common rules for resolving wicked business problems as directly related to the nature of the problems they … Continue reading

Posted in Wicked problems | 1 Comment

Managing wicked problems: a primer

Problem structuring and (non-)linear management methods to address wicked problems in business and development What is linear management?      Linear management is often contrasted with the non-linear, reiterative forms of management used to address wicked problems. Linear management can be applied … Continue reading

Posted in Wicked problems | 1 Comment

Wicked problems according to Schumacher

Or what the author of Small is Beautiful says on complexity Very short biography      Schumacher is an influential 20th century economist, best known for writing Small is Beautiful (1973), which deals with socio-economic sustainability and  development economics. After his escape … Continue reading

Posted in Wicked problems | 2 Comments

It’s a wicked problem, stupid!

What’s the link between wicked problems and systems thinking? The first person to call wicked problems so was professor Horst Rittel of the University of California Architecture Department, presumably at a seminar on problems in urban planning, in or prior … Continue reading

Posted in Wicked problems | 1 Comment

Thinking and the Systems Approach

Different approaches for thinking about ‘whole’ systems This is a summary of Chapter One of The Systems Approach (TSA). It is part of a series of blogging posts, which will cover the whole of Churchman’s The Systems Approach (TSA), a … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

War and Peace

Illustrating soft versus hard (systems) thinking This is a summary of the last chapter of Challenge to Reason (CR; Churchman, 1968), of which I think he wrote it before his famous, but perhaps not always well understood, The Systems Approach … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Transcending realism and idealism

One more way for understanding Churchman’s systems approach The first six categories of Churchman’s categorical scheme are rather evident: client, purpose, measures of performance, decision-maker, components and environment. I must add that what many may not realize is that Churchman … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

The principle of apperception

The core of the systems approach? Chapter eleven, “The Humor of Science,” was given at the New York Chapter of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS, part of INFORMS↗, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) in May, … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Systems approach as teleological concordance

A complete concise understanding of the systems approach When I started this blog (CSL4D, i.e. Concept & Systems Learning for Design) almost 5 years ago (January 8, 2012), I had just discovered concept mapping as a great learning tool. At … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

From efficacy to efficiency to effectiveness

Four approaches and two meanings of ‘approach’ When I first read Churchman’s ‘The systems approach’ I was missing a bit of structure to let everything fall into place. I went on to read more of his books and other systems … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment