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Exploring the Problem-Finding and Problem-Solving Approach for Designing Organizations

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  • Nickerson, Jack A.

    (Washington University in St Louis)

  • Yen, C. James

    (Washington University in St Louis)

  • Mahoney, Joseph T.

    (University of IL)

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    An emerging problem-finding and problem-solving approach suggests that management's discovering problems to solve, opportunities to seize, and challenges to respond to, are vital to organizations. This paper explores the extent to which the problem-finding and problem-solving approach can provide a foundation for joining the capabilities, dynamic capabilities, and governance perspectives as a way to help scholars and practitioners to coherently design organizations from the perspective of design science. The problem-finding and problem-solving approach offers a unit of analysis and a set of behavioral assumptions that enable us to address open questions within the extant literature and to propose new questions in management research.

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    Paper provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business in its series Working Papers with number 11-0107.

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