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Guiding Principles

Trans-disciplinary teams, consisting of faculty members, senior fellows and research assistants, together with personnel from sponsoring organizations, work on sets of interrelated problems and opportunities faced by that organization. The work is reviewed frequently in both the sponsoring organization and the Center. The teams will operate under the following guiding principles:

  • to involve as many as possible of those who will be affected by the work,

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  • to conceptualize each set of problems and opportunities in the largest context over which the responsible managers have some control,

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  • to dissolve rather than solve problems by redesigning the relevant system to eliminate the problems & preclude their reappearance,

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  • to take into account, in making recommendations the effects of any proposed actions on the physical and social environment of the sponsoring organization and on all of its stakeholders,

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  • to provide each sponsoring organization with an increased ability to make effective decisions; that is, to do the right things as well as do things right,

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  • to learn from its experience and to adapt to changing conditions.

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    The Center uses these principles to advance systems planning, research, and design -- and, to increase its own and sponsoring organizationsí competencies in these activities.