basic concepts Compram method (DeTombe, 1994)


Knowledge includes having information about the problem. This information is often missing crucial elements. The data needed is often missing, or has internal contradictions. It is virtually impossible to have all the knowledge needed to manage complex societal problem properly because of their complexity and dynamic character. There will always be ‘white spots’ and ‘blind spots’. White spots are the areas of knowledge where it is known that information is lacking, and that it takes time and money to obtain it. Blind spots are areas where information would be valuable, but that due to the complexity of the problem, these areas are overlooked.


The method Compram is a method 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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