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Wicked Problem: Educating for Complexity and Wisdom

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The challenges confronting humanity today are many, stubborn, competing and tangled (Küpers, 2007; Walker, Daniels and Emborg, 2008). They may be more complex and far-reaching than challenges posed at any time in the past (Hinterhuber, 1996; Keating, Kauffmann and Dryer, 2001). The modern age is turbulent and fraught with uncertainty and unpredictability (Crossan, Vera and Nanjad, 2008; Scharmer et al., 2001). To make matters worse, the pace of change is relentless and accelerating. Many of the problems vexing us as we venture further into the twenty-first century are outcomes of past innovations or solutions that seemed fitting at the time, but have come back to haunt us.

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Hays, J. (2013). Wicked Problem: Educating for Complexity and Wisdom. In: Thompson, M.J., Bevan, D. (eds) Wise Management in Organisational Complexity. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137002655_9

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