basic concepts Compram methodology (DeTombe, 1994)

The methodology is based on three major components for handling complex problems: knowledge, power, and emotion. The term knowledge refers to the domain knowledge that is needed to build a project, and with regard to large technological engineering projects this is high quality technological knowledge. Knowledge also refers to having knowledge of the actors involved. The term power [3] focuses on the way actors can stimulate, delay or prevent a project (Simonis & Van Houten, 1987; Marx, 1890). The term emotion refers to the psychological aspects of human problem handling i.e. hidden agenda’s, intuition, like and dislike, trust and fear (Freud, 1901/1982; Kets de Vries, 1995b, 1995c; Frijda & Elshout, 1974, 1976; Frijda & DeGroot, 1982).

Handling complex problems involves many aspects that cannot be anticipated beforehand. Therefore a methodology for guiding complex problems can only function as a frame-work methodology. This means that only major guidelines for structuring the problem can be given.





 The methodology Compram is a methodology for handling complex societal problems and issues. See for a more detailed description of the Compram approach DeTombe, 1994; DeTombe, 2003).

Prof. Dr. Dorien J. DeTombe
Founder and Chair International - , Euro - , West-Euro- & Dutch Operational Research Research Group Methodology of Societal Complexity
Sichuan University, Chengdu, P.R. China
Chair International Research Society on Methodology of Societal Complexity
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