Wicked Problems and Strategy Approaches to Deal with Them

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Ignatius D
Manager, India
🔥NEW Major challenges / problems, which tend to be of strategic nature, are usually considered as a "wicked" type of problems. According to Hoerst Rittel and Melvin Webber, these wicked problems lack clarity in their aims and they may not have one solution. Wicked problems are different because they can't be solved by traditional methods. Some examples of wicked problems are poverty, terrorism, unemployment, and many business strategies. There are various dimensions to wicked issues and they can not even be defined easily. Some characteristics of wicked problems are given below. Using these characteristics will make identifying such wicked problems a little easier and will help strategists and managers approach wicked strategy problems. Characteristics of a wicked problem Wicked problems involve multiple stakeholders who can also play an important role in implementing the "solution" that is chosen. These problems don't have a clear, shared definition across these stakeholders. Eve (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  John Henry
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  Maurice Hogarth
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  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

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  Jaap de Jonge
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  John Henry
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  Gary Wong
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  Maurice Hogarth
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