Methodologies for Messes

  • R. L. Flood


In the introductory article to this section ‘Management of Messes’ I made my view quite clear, that complementarity between approaches is of paramount concern, I noted that methodology choice could be guided according to situational context and some understanding about the assumptions on social reality inherent in methodologies (theoretical underpinnings and so on…). In this paper the concern is with messy situations (where context is messy), and so I shall first discuss this in terms of complexity as understood through a number of paradigmatic interpretations. Once the notions of ’mess’ and ‘complexity’ have been illuminated I shall move on to consider the availability of theories and methodologies for dealing with such ‘sets’of circumstances.


Social Reality Situational Context Open Interaction Methodology Choice Soft System Methodology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Flood
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  1. 1.Department of Management Systems and SciencesHull UniversityHullUK

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