Interpretative Structural Modelling: Decision Making and the Method of Science

  • Tom Ryan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 465)


This paper briefly explores how the method of science may be of use to management. It concludes that the abductive phase in the method of science, as described by Charles Saunders Peirce, offers opportunities for improving the effectiveness of decision making and planning. It goes on to describe a group consensus reaching methodology Interpretative Structural Modelling and argues that that it can be used a useful basis for management abduction.


Decision making Method of science Abduction Group work. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Ryan
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  1. 1.School of Engineering ManagementUnivesity of Cape TownRondebschRepublic of South Africa

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