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Paradigm Breaking: Surfacing and Challenging Key Assumptions

MITROFF IAN I. and LINSTONE HAROLD A.

in The Unbounded Mind

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102888
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.003.0008
Paradigm Breaking: Surfacing and Challenging Key Assumptions

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Challenging key assumptions is one of the most critical central aspects of New Thinking. To be able to illustrate the process of surfacing and challenging key assumptions, this chapter provides an actual case, in particular, the case of a drug company to illustrate the process. The concept of stakeholders with assumptions as its properties is introduced in this chapter. Stakeholders are any individual, group, organization, or institution that can affect as well as be affected by an individual's, groups', organization's, or institution's policy or policies. The bigger, the more complex the problem, the more it is likely to involve a wider array of stakeholders and as a result, the more assumptions needed. Further, this chapter also argues the need for new methods for systematically uncovering important stakeholders and their associated properties (assumptions) on which every organization's plans and actions depend.

Keywords: stakeholders; assumptions; individual; group; organization; institution; New Thinking

Chapter.  5882 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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