Mingers, J. and Rosenhead, J., eds. (2001) Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Chichester, 384 pp. ISBN 0471495239.
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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.
|Item Type:||Edited book|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD29 Operational Research - Applications|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School|
|Depositing User:||John Mingers|
|Date Deposited:||29 Aug 2008 21:17|
|Last Modified:||18 Jul 2012 08:07|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3902 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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