Wicked Problems – Social Messes

Decision Support Modelling with Morphological Analysis

  • Tom Ritchey

Part of the Risk, Governance and Society book series (RISKGOSO, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tom Ritchey
    Pages 1-6
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    Pages 7-18
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    Pages 19-29
  5. Tom Ritchey
    Pages 61-68
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    Pages 69-85
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 103-106

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. 


Decision support modelling Genuine Uncertainty Morphological analysis Non-quantified modelling Wicked Problems

Authors and affiliations

  • Tom Ritchey
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  1. 1.Ritchey Consulting ABVällingbySweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-19652-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-19653-9
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