Multicriteria mapping as a problem structuring method for project front-ending

Coburn, Josie and Stirling, Andy (2018) Multicriteria mapping as a problem structuring method for project front-ending. In: Bell, Gary, Pagano, Rosane, Warwick, Jon and Sato, Carlos (eds.) Problem Structuring Approaches for the Management of Projects. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 63-90. ISBN 9783319932620

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Despite high uncertainties, strongly diverging values, and often-perverse effects of powerful vested interests, large and complex projects require clear decisions to be made from the outset. Coburn and Stirling introduce multicriteria mapping (MCM) as a problem structuring method for addressing these challenges in project appraisal by engaging with key stakeholders, broadening out the scope of the project, and opening up alternative possible interpretations concerning how to proceed. From defining project goals through to analysing results, two case studies illustrate the MCM process. The resulting interlinked quantitative and qualitative information provides a broader and deeper picture than is usual. Clearly highlighting how different conditions hold contrasting practical implications for action, MCM offers a more robust basis for making decisions under circumstances of uncertainty and complexity.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Multicriteria mapping, MCM, Problem structuring methods, Project front-ending, Opening up, Broadening out, Uncertainty, Complexity
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: The Sussex Energy Group
Depositing User: Josie Coburn
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 11:43
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