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It’s a wicked problem, stupid! (revisited)

A bit over 5 years ago I first learned about wicked problems. So I looked at the oft-cited seminal article by Rittel & Webber of 1973 and tried to make sense of it (see old post). There was a lot of … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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It’s a wicked problem, stupid!

What’s the link between wicked problems and systems thinking? There is an update (25 May 2018) of this post now at The first person to call wicked problems so was professor Horst Rittel of the University of California Architecture Department, presumably … Continue reading

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A synthesis of systems, critical and design thinking

Better be armed to the teeth. It’s a mess, out there! It occurred to me last week that systems thinking, critical thinking and design thinking are just aspects of the same thing, which is humans trying to gain control over … Continue reading

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RAAKS: an institutional innovation methodology

Reconfiguring organizations to generate richer innovations About 8 years ago, when I was still working at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, I produced – with some expert help – an online dossier on ‘rural innovation systems’ (RIS), which is … Continue reading

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Interview with C. West Churchman (video)

As far as soft or social systems thinking is concerned, the Big Three are – alphabetically – Ackoff, Checkland and Churchman. Searches for ‘Ackoff’ or ‘Peter Checkland’ in YouTube get you a number of hits with presentations. C. West Churchman … Continue reading

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Linear and non-linear causality

Systems thinking and the nature of reality Complexity Labs         In my last post I made use of a concept map of linear management, which I had made in January 2013. It was fairly neat and simple and all that with … Continue reading

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Human teleology in Plessner’s philosophical anthropology

The double aspectivty of human eccentric positionality Philosophical anthropology          Why would a blog on systems thinking be concerned with philosophical anthropology? Because systems thinkers themselves claim that systems thinking, including systemic design, may be traced to the origin of man. … Continue reading

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