Risk, Governance and Society

Wicked Problems – Social Messes

Decision Support Modelling with Morphological Analysis

Authors: Ritchey, Tom

  • First dedicated book to treat Computer-aided General Morphological Analysis (GMA)
  • Written by its developer and foremost practitioner
  • Detailed discussion on the difference between risk and (genuine) uncertainty
  • Detailed description of how to plan and facilitate morphological analysis workshops
  • Eleven unique case studies of the application of GMA
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About this book

This is the first dedicated book to be published on computer-aided General Morphological Analysis (GMA) as a non-quantified modelling method. It presents the history and theory of GMA and describes how it is used to develop interactive, non-quantified inference models. Eleven case studies are presented out of more than 100 projects carried out since 1995, illustrating how GMA has been employed for structuring complex policy and planning issues, developing scenario and strategy laboratories, and analysing organisational and stakeholder structures. Also discussed are the concepts of “wicked problems” and “social messes”, their characteristics and treatment, and problems concerning the facilitation of morphological analysis workshops. 

About the authors

Tom Ritchey is a former Research Director for the Institution for Technology Foresight and Assessment at the Swedish National Defence Research Agency (FOI) in Stockholm. He is the founder of the Swedish Morphological Society, is director of Ritchey Consulting Inc. and a founding partner in the U.K. based Strategy Foresight Partnership LLP.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ritchey, Tom

    Pages 1-6

  • General Morphological Analysis (GMA)

    Ritchey, Tom

    Pages 7-18

  • Wicked Problems and Genuine Uncertainty

    Ritchey, Tom

    Pages 19-29

  • Modelling Complex Policy Issues with Morphological Analysis

    Ritchey, Tom

    Pages 31-37

  • Strengths, Limitations and Advanced Topics

    Ritchey, Tom

    Pages 39-45

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eBook $109.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-19652-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-27076-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wicked Problems – Social Messes
Book Subtitle
Decision Support Modelling with Morphological Analysis
Authors
Series Title
Risk, Governance and Society
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-19653-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-19653-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-19652-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27076-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 106
Topics