Massive Open Online Research: An approach to deal with wicked problems

Marcelo Machado, George Verghese, Tero Peltola

    Tutkimustuotos: KonferenssiartikkeliScientificvertaisarvioitu

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    Abstrakti

    Humans are hardwired as problem-solvers. Professional education, in particular, enables us to solve complex problems. Even decades ago, we could safely send a crew to the moon and back. A moon-bound project is a very challenging and complex problem, but it is a tame one. The problem is clearly defined and the challenge becomes how to find the best solution. As the world and issues become more interconnected, there is a different type of problem in the horizon - 'wicked' problems. A wicked problem is normally complex and challenging, but differs from the 'tame' problem because there is no agreement in terms of problem definition. A wicked problem does not allow for the 'choice' of best solution. Solutions tend to only mitigate the problem and sometimes generate unpredictable consequences. For instance, climate change is an issue that requires a level of ingenuity that cannot be achieved by a limited group of people, regardless how brilliant they are. It cannot be addressed by our dominant scientific, reductionist, discipline-based, and proprietary approach either. This paper proposes Massive Online Open Research (MOOR) as a better approach to deal with wicked problems. In terms of organization, this paper includes a literature review on online collaboration, focusing on the dynamics of knowledge creation and innovation. Selected open online research initiatives are used to contextualize the literature review. Based on the literature review and real cases, a MOOR framework is presented and discussed. Limitations and opportunities for future research are also included.

    AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
    OtsikkoPICMET 14 Conference, Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology
    AlaotsikkoInfrastructure and Service Integration
    JulkaisupaikkaPortland
    KustantajaThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
    Sivut236-242
    Sivumäärä7
    ISBN (painettu)9781890843304
    TilaJulkaistu - 10 lokak. 2014
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
    TapahtumaPORTLAND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY -
    Kesto: 1 tammik. 1900 → …

    Conference

    ConferencePORTLAND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
    Ajanjakso1/01/00 → …

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    !!ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management
    • Transportation

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