Wicked Problems

  title={Wicked Problems},
  author={Brian W. Head and John Alford},
  journal={Administration \& Society},
  pages={711 - 739}
  • B. HeadJ. Alford
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Business, Political Science
  • Administration & Society
The concept of “wicked problems” has attracted increasing focus in policy research, but the implications for public organizations have received less attention. This article examines the main organizational and cognitive dimensions emerging from the research literature on wicked problems. We identify several recent approaches to addressing problem complexity and stakeholder divergence based on the literatures on systems thinking, collaboration and coordination, and the adaptive leadership roles… 

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