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Idealized Design: Creating an Organization’s Future by Herbert J. Addison, Jason Magidson, Russell L. Ackoff

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Chapter 7. Problem Dissolving

 

“If you can’t solve the problem you are facing, you’re probably facing the wrong problem.”

 
 --An infrequently used principle of inquiry

In this chapter, we apply idealized design to problems. We show that the four ways of treating problems form a hierarchy of value. The highest value method we call problem dissolving. This is followed by several quite different examples that reveal the applicability of idealized design in dealing with a wide variety of problems.

The Four Ways of Treating Problems

The four ways of treating problems are absolution, resolution, solution, and dissolution. They form a hierarchy of value, in which dissolution is the most valuable.

  1. Absolution consists of ignoring a problem and hoping that it ...

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