Tag Archives: wicked problems

National eHealth programs, dead philosophers and the power of case studies

A brilliant paper by Trisha Greenhalgh, Jill Russell, Richard Ashcroft and Wayne Parsons in The Milbank Quarterly here (unfortunately behind a paywall) contrasts the world view of project managers with the messy reality of implementation in specific communities. They start …

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Writing and rewriting

How long does it take to ‘write up’ great research.  A couple of months ago I followed a witter conversation started by the remarkable Rebecca Skloot.  She is the author of the incredible Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which I …

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That Mencken quote

It’s tragic when a good quote is ruined by its context.   Versions of the HL Menken quip about simple solutions to complex problems delights those of us who love wicked problems.  A common version of the quote is “For every …

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Can a McKinsey mind tame a wicked problem?

From our first homemade web site, Social Dimensions has boasted that we took on wicked problems.  Recently, stimulated by discussions with social researcher Duncan Rintoul from University of Wollongong, I have thought more about addressing wicked problems faced by social services …

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