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Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
A recent application of contingency thinking on decision-making is the Cynefin framework described by David J. Snowden and Mary E. Boone in the HBR of Nov 2007. They distinguish between 5 decision-making contexts, each requiring its own decision-making style: I. Simple - Characteristics of context / How can you recognize it? Clear causes and effect. - Recommended Decision-making style: Ensure proper processes are in place, delegate. Apply the best practice. - Decision model: Sense ⇒ Categorize ⇒ Respond. II. Complicated - Characteristics of context / How can you recognize it? Cause and effect relationships discoverable, but not apparent to everyone. - Recommended Decision-making style: Involve (teams of) experts, analyze. Apply a good practice. - Decision model: Sense ⇒ Analyze ⇒ Respond. III. Complex - Characteristics of context / How can you recognize it? No causality, emergence, flux. - Recommended Decision-making style: Create safe experiments, wa (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada

Cynefin Simple Domain Renamed to 'Obvious Domain'

The Cynefin Framework is a sufficient, but always (...)

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