Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited: Problem Structuring Methods for Complexity, Uncertainty and Conflict / Edition 2by Jonathan Rosenhead, John Mingers
Pub. Date: 12/04/2001
Now, more than ever, planning and managing in the real world is beset by change and uncertainty. Knowledge is incomplete, values are in dispute, decisions of others are often unpredictable. Sheathed in opaque technicalities, inflexible and over-ambitious, the highly mathematical methods of analysing problem situations are no longer considered acceptable. In their… See more details below
Now, more than ever, planning and managing in the real world is beset by change and uncertainty. Knowledge is incomplete, values are in dispute, decisions of others are often unpredictable. Sheathed in opaque technicalities, inflexible and over-ambitious, the highly mathematical methods of analysing problem situations are no longer considered acceptable. In their place a coherent alternative paradigm has emerged- a range of formal methodologies which aim not to produce 'optimal' solutions but to facilitate an enriched decision-making process. 'Low-tech' transparent and participatory, these methods assist in the formulation and reformulation of problem solving in an uncertain world.
This fully revised and updated book brings together contributions from some of the great thinkers on this subject. The authors present the most influential methods (each illustrated with a case study), describe the principles on which the method operates, the step and the stages of analysis, and how these methods relate to the decision making process. The concluding section explores future developments and research issues, as well as links with other relevant domains.
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Table of Contents
A New Paradigm of Analysis (Jonathan Rosenhead and John Mingers).
SODA The Principles (Colin Eden and Fran Ackermann).
SODA Journey Making and Mapping in Practice (Fran Ackermann and Colin Eden).
Soft Systems Methodology (Peter Checkland).
Soft Systems Methodology in Action: Participative Creation of an Information Strategy for an Acute Hospital (Peter Checkland).
The Strategic Choice Approach (John Friend)
Gambling with Frozen Fire? (Allen Hickling).
Robustness Analysis: Keeping Your Options Open (Jonathan Rosenhead).
Robustness to the First Degree (Jonathan Rosenhead).
Drama Theory and Confrontation Analysis (Peter Bennett, Jim Bryant and Nigel Howard).
The M&A Play: Using Drama Theory for Mergers and Acquisitions (Nigel Howard).
An Overview of Related Methods: VSM, System Dynamics and Decision Analysis (John Mingers and Jonathan Rosenhead).
Multimethodology Mixing and Matching Methods (John Mingers).
Mixing Methods in Practice (Richard Ormerod).
Diverse Unity: Looking Inward and Outward (John Mingers and Jonthan Rosenhead).
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