What is it about?

Wicked problems require a deliberate leader with the pattern recognition skill of an artist as well as the empirical gift of our 20th Century managerial inheritance.

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Why is it important?

The nature of dynamic complexity of wicked problems lends itself to a whole new paradigm of approach to organizational leadership and development. The wicked problem construct as laid out in this paper describes this new paradigm. The implication of this new paradigm for theory and practice of organizational development is far and broad. For


The recognition of tensions, contradictions, and paradoxes of theory, research, and practice is important for sustainable organizational development. The extent to which organizations (public, private, and the third sector) currently have adequately come to terms with complexity still remains open to discussion. The wicked problem construct (WPC) is a concept, process or a framework that can be used in identifying the reasons for these tensions and contradictions, explaining how they can be managed, and pointing out the limits they create for what is needed for effective organizational leadership (EOL).

Professor Robert M Yawson
Quinnipiac University

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This page is a summary of: The 'wicked problem construct' for organisational leadership and development, International Journal of Business and Systems Research, January 2015, Inderscience Publishers, DOI: 10.1504/ijbsr.2015.066812.
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