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Research in Complex Planning Situations: Dimensions and Challenges From Swedish Response Planning
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Systems and Technology. (RCR)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4869-5094
2017 (English)In: 16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM 2017) / [ed] Dr Katrine Lawlor and Dr Anthony Paul Buckley, Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2017, 432-440 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Even beyond the context of critical infrastructure protection, complex planning situations involve several views on and interests in problems underlying the planning. These views are often interrelated with stakeholders bringing various concerns to both the planning itself and the plan’s future utilisation. Complex, real-world situations in particular challenge scholars in building appropriate research strategies and selecting adequate scientific approaches. Therefore, interdisciplinary research problems can require an adaption of traditional research paradigms to different facets of intricacy. However, debate on scientific approaches regarding how to gain knowledge has been perpetual. This paper contributes to this debate and provides a multi-perspective kaleidoscope for complex and interdisciplinary research. This kaleidoscope aims to support a selection of appropriate research strategies in accordance with a given research problem. For this purpose, the kaleidoscope helps gradually focus the problem. It begins with an assembling of research disciplines, continues with selecting adjacent research areas and completes the framework with applicable methods. As an example of implementation, the study further presents a concrete application and adapts the kaleidoscope to a complex research case. This case, called STYREL, represents Swedish response planning that is dedicated to ensuring swift response during a power shortage event. This planning process is concerned with anticipated decisions, which can quicken decision-making during emergencies, particularly during power shortages. This case can also serve as a metaphor, because designing a multi-perspective research strategy for interdisciplinary research may similarly require thorough consideration of possible alternatives and their complex combinations in advance. Both circumstances come furthermore with a constant need for argumentation and communication. For this, the paper contributes a flexible scientific frame of reference. This multi-perspective kaleidoscope, which is applicable to both theoretical and empirical complex research problems, facilitates communication about the selection process of a research methodology among the research community.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2017. 432-440 p.
Keyword [en]
Complex Planning Situation, Interdisciplinary Research Design, Multi-perspective Kaleidoscope, Scientific Discourse, National Strategic Management, Emergency Power Governance
National Category
Information Systems Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30973ISBN: 978-1-5108-4521-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30973DiVA: diva2:1114589
Conference
16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Dublin, Ireland, June 22-23, 2017
Projects
Från myndighet till medborgare och tillbaka: En studie av samverkan och kommunikation inom ramen för Styrel
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 40307-1
Available from: 2017-06-24 Created: 2017-06-24 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved

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