Devising a wicked solution

Authored by: Timothy M. Gieseke

Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498718004
eBook ISBN: 9781315371078
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The first step in devising a wicked solution is recognizing the problem as a wicked one (Commonwealth of Australia, 2007). This sounds obvious, but many complex problems are viewed as complicated, solvable problems; and attempts are made to address wicked problems by recasting them as tame ones. By treating a wicked problem as a tame problem, energy and resources are misdirected, resulting in solutions that are not only ineffective, but also can actually create more difficulty (Nelson and Stolterman, 2003).

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