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In business, problems come with the territory. These include the easy ones, the hard ones and the “wicked” ones – convoluted, intransigent challenges that don’t yield to conventional business analysis or tactics. Strategic management professor John C. Camillus lays out a comprehensive “wicked strategies” plan. getAbstract found much to like in this thorough if complex manual. His combinations of concepts aren’t always easy to track, but his fresh analysis and scenario strategies are wicked good.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors make a problem “wicked”;
  • How three “megaforces” – globalization, innovation and “shared value” – provoke wicked problems, notably when designing and building large-scale information systems;
  • What five characteristics mark wicked problems; and
  • How “wicked strategies” can help you solve wicked problems.

About the Author

Since 1991, John C. Camillus has held the Donald R. Beall Chair in Strategic Management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, where he served as Associate Dean – the COO and chief academic officer – from 1982 to 1990. Camillus also taught previously at the MBA program at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.



“Wicked Problems” Have Wicked Characteristics
Wicked problems are paradoxical and defy understanding. They’re impervious to standard analytical tools. They seem incomprehensible and unsolvable. What makes them seem intractable is that when you apply traditional solutions – thinking they...

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