The phenomenon of wicked problems is inextricably associated with a design process, especially participatory design. The management of wicked problems in participatory design, however, remains largely unexplored. The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of the choosing by advantages (CBA) decision system to manage wicked problems in participatory design.
Two case studies, involving the application of CBA to make typical participatory design decisions, are evaluated to establish how responsively the CBA decision system operates in the midst of wicked problems in participatory design.
Findings point to the exploitability of some elements and attributes of the CBA process to manage wicked problems in participatory design, to some extent. The observed collaborative attributes of CBA is particularly helpful and play a key role in mitigating the adverse effects of wicked problems on collaboration in this regard.
The recommendation of the paper is the incorporation of CBA in the development of stakeholder involvement frameworks for a design process.
This paper contributes to knowledge on relying on elements and the attributes of a decision-making system, such as CBA, to manage stakeholder involvement in the design process, particularly focussing on wicked problems. The CBA decision system still remains emergent regarding its application and research in the AEC industry.
Kpamma, Z.E., Adjei-Kumi, T., Ayarkwa, J. and Adinyira, E. (2017), "Participatory design, wicked problems, choosing by advantages", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 289-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-06-2015-0085Download as .RIS
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