Representing and Approaching Complex Management Issues: Part 1 - Role and Definition

Centre for Technology Management (CTM) Working Paper, No. 2000/03

20 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2011

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Noordin Shehabuddeen

University of Liverpool - Management School (ULMS)

David Probert

University of Cambridge - Centre for Technology Management

Rob Phaal

University of Cambridge - Centre for Technology Management

Ken Platts

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing

Date Written: December 1, 1999

Abstract

The complex issues faced by management researchers can be described in many ways. However, this richness and variety can lead to a confusion of language. The paper confronts this issue by discussing the manner in which complex management concepts can be represented and approached. It proposes definitions for various related terms: paradigm, system, framework, map, model, process, procedure, technique, and tool. These definitions are presented from the perspective of manufacturing systems management, although they may be widely applicable in other fields. Dimensions for classifying and relating these definitions are identified based on a number of key characteristics. The forthcoming second part of this paper focuses on the development and validation of frameworks, as they play a central role in the research of management issues.

Keywords: Management concepts, systems, frameworks, maps, models, paradigms, procedures, techniques, tools

JEL Classification: O32

Suggested Citation

Shehabuddeen, Noordin and Probert, David and Phaal, Rob and Platts, Ken, Representing and Approaching Complex Management Issues: Part 1 - Role and Definition (December 1, 1999). Centre for Technology Management (CTM) Working Paper, No. 2000/03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923155

Noordin Shehabuddeen

University of Liverpool - Management School (ULMS) ( email )

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David Probert (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Centre for Technology Management ( email )

Engineering Department
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United Kingdom

Rob Phaal

University of Cambridge - Centre for Technology Management ( email )

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Ken Platts

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing ( email )

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Cambridge, CB3 0FS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/people/kwp/

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