A methodology for handling complex societal problems and issues
How to use the COMPRAM methodology
example of the Tsunami, 2004
complex societal problems more than wicked problems
Dorien DeTombe developed and tested during the period of 1990-2018> the methodology COMPRAMProf. Dr. Dorien J. DeTombe Chair Operational Research International, Euro, West-Euro, & Dutch Working Group Methodology Societal Complexity Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe Tel: +31 20 6927526 Sichuan University, Chengdu, P.R. China E-Mail: DeTombe@nosmo.nl
COMPRAM stands for Complex Problem Handling Method, a methodology specially developed to handle complex societal problems. During these years she elaborated and refined the methodology . The COMPRAM methodology can be used to handle major complex societal problems like the BSE problem in the food industry, the healthcare problem AIDS (Africa, Asia), SARS, the Flood problem in the Netherlands, Canada, China, Complex Traffic Problems and Spatial problems in crowded areas. The COMPRAM methodology is especially developed to handle problems and issues on MACRO level, the kind of problems which governments, large international organizations and business are confronted with.
Prof. Dr. Dorien J. DeTombe, published many articles and some books on the methodology COMPRAM and initiated several scientific Research Groups on Handling Complex Societal Problems (EURO RESEARCH GROUPS). See for more information this website.
In order to have some idea about the COMPRAM methodology please read some of the attached articles.
DeTombe, Dorien (2015) Handling Societal Complexity. A Study of the Theory and the Methodology of Societal Complexity and the COMPRAM Methodology. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. 978-3-662-43916-6 (Print) 978-3-662-43917-3 (Online) ISBN:
Thesis: DeTombe, Dorien J. (1994) Defining complex interdisciplinary societal problems. A theoretical study for constructing a co-operative problem analyzing method: the method COMPRAM. Amsterdam: Thesis publishers Amsterdam (thesis), 439 pp. ISBN 90 5170 302-3
Scientific Articles on COMPRAM
DeTombe, Dorien (2003) Handling Complex Societal Problems In Henk Becker and Frank Vanclay (Editors) International Handbook of Social Impact Assessment Conceptual and Methodological Advances; Edward Elgar Publishers 2003 ISBN 1 84064 935 6
DeTombe, Dorien J. (2001) (Guest Editor) Feature Issue: Complex Societal Problems, European Journal of Operation Research; D.J. Slowinski, R. Teghem, J. Wallenius, J. (Eds). Vol. 128-2, Januari 16, 2001, Elsevier, North-Holland, Amsterdam, ISSN 0377-2217, www.elsevier.com/locate/dsw, pp.227-401
DeTombe, Dorien J. (2001) Compram, a Method for Handling Complex Societal Problems In DeTombe, Dorien J. (Guest Editor) Feature Issue: Complex Societal Problems, European Journal of Operation Research; D.J. Slowinski, R. Teghem, J. Wallenius, J. (Eds). Vol. 128-2, Januari 16, 2001, Elsevier, North-Holland, Amsterdam, ISSN 0377-2217, www.elsevier.com/locate/dsw, pp. 266-282
DeTombe, Dorien J. (2000) A New Method for Handling Complex Spatial Problems, A. Reggiani (Ed.) Spatial Economic Science. New Frontiers in Theory and Methodology. Advances in Spatial Science, pp. 212-240, Springer-Verlag, Berlin ISBN 3-540-67493-4
DeTombe, D.J (1999) Compram: a method for handling complex societal problems ETH, auDes Conferentie Zurich, Internet
DeTombe, D.J. ( 1998) A methodology for complex societal problems, The 38th European regional Science Association, Vienna, August 1998, proceedings, cd-rom 6 pages
DeTombe, D.J. (1997) Compram a method for collectively problem handling, Nederlandse Onderzoekschool Vrouwenstudies, in Cultural Identities in a Pluralist Society, Miniconference, April 28-29, 1997 Amsterdam. Siswo: Amsterdam , 3 pp.
DeTombe, D.J. (1996) Compram, a method for analysing complex interdisciplinary societal problems, in Dorien J. DeTombe & Cor van Dijkum (Eds.) Analyzing Societal Problems. Mering: Hampp Verlag, pp.7-29. ISBN 3-87988-189-8
DeTombe, D.J. (1995) Analysing the post-communist situation with Compram: a method to analyse complex interdisicplinary societal problems. Journal for Mental Changes, Vol. I, nr.2, pp. 195-207.
DeTombe, D.J. (1994) A method for restructuring and forecasting complex interdisciplinary societal problems. In Radenesca, ISAGA '93. Boekarest: University of Roemenia.
DeTombe, D.J. (1993) Analysing the post-communist situation with Compram: a method to analyse complex interdisciplinary societal problems.I n A.L. Biela, B. Pawlowski, Roznowski & J. Sobek (Eds.) Protection of environment: mental changes and social integration perspective. Lublin: Central European Center for Behavioral Economics, pp. 47-57.
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