Toward a holistic theory of strategic problem solving

O'Loughlin, Andrew and McFadzean, Elspeth 1999, Toward a holistic theory of strategic problem solving, Team performance management, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 103-120, doi: 10.1108/13527599910279470.

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Title Toward a holistic theory of strategic problem solving
Author(s) O'Loughlin, Andrew
McFadzean, Elspeth
Journal name Team performance management
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 103
End page 120
Total pages 18
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 1999
ISSN 1352-7592
Keyword(s) decision making
problem solving
strategic management
Summary To date, many of the models and theories that seek to explain problem solving and decision making, have tended to adopt an overly reductionist view of the processes involved. As a consequence, most theories and models have proved unsuitable in providing managers with a practical explanation of the dynamics that underpin problem solving. A substantial part of a manager’s time is taken up with problem solving and decision making issues. The question of whether managers possess the necessary problem solving skills, or have access to “tools”, which can be used to manage different types of problems, has become an issue of some importance for managers and organisations alike. This paper seeks to contribute to the current literature on problem solving and decision making, by presenting a conceptual model of problem solving, which is intended to assist managers in developing a more holistic framework for managing problem solving issues.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/13527599910279470
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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