Prosecuting Problem Structuring Methods

14 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2018

Date Written: April 13, 2014


This paper addresses three issues of interest to those who prosecute the case for problem structuring methods (PSMs). It centers upon a specific, and much-referenced, piece of information that continues to be used as evidence for the practical application of PSMs. An analysis of this piece of information finds it wanting, and leads to considering two further topics related to prosecuting the case for PSMs, namely, the use of citation statistics and the need for explicitness as to what constitutes a PSM. The overall message is that the prosecution must offer more reliable evidence than it presently does if PSMs are to stand a chance of wider acceptance within the field that led, and continues to lead, their development.

Keywords: Problem structuring methods

Suggested Citation

Georgiou, Ion, Prosecuting Problem Structuring Methods (April 13, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Ion Georgiou (Contact Author)

Fundação Getulio Vargas ( email )


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