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Rittel and Webber – 1973 – Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning

Summary: This paper outlines 10 distinguishing properties of wicked problems. Simon’s theory of satisficing is an unexpected factor in the process of reaching saturation in developing potential responses to wicked problems and selecting the “good enough” approach. Side note: It’s rather shocking how little has changed since this paper was published 46 years ago.

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Annotated paper: Rittel and Webber – 1973 – Dilemmas in a general theory of planning

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