Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 111–115 | Cite as

Meta-Decision Making: Concepts and Paradigm

  • Zhongtuo Wang


This Research Note outlines some preliminary findings of a meta-decision making study. The paper introduces the idea of meta-decision making and develops this into a new broader approach. The notion of the dual role, or identity, of the decision maker is put forward: s/he is both an ego-meta-decision maker and an ego-decision maker. These concepts are based on the idea of being "detached from oneself," an important element of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism. Additionally a framework of meta-decision-making tasks is discussed.

meta-decision making Taoism China Eastern philosophy systems thinking systems engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhongtuo Wang
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  1. 1.Institute of Systems EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

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