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Compare and contrast two problem-solving methodologies select one of these and apply it to a situation in your organisation The latter should be written in a case study formatIn an individuals professional and social life they will have objectives or desired outcomes that they aim to reach These may be in preparing to take a family holiday or meeting a high sales target at work During the course of attaining that goal they will encounter either an occurrence or obstacle that prevents the person achieving the desired aim or objective This circumstance or discrepancy is a problem It is preventing the individual from achieving their desired state of affairs in the manner that they had planned or had perceived it would be achievedThe problem solving methodology that an organisation will choose to attempt to solve these problems will determine their strategy and general approach to problem solving It will determine what tools and techniques they use to assist in their processes The comparison between a hard systems approach to problem solving and a soft systems approach provides us with two very different outlooks and are based on differing fundamental assumptions on how human beings interactHard Systems Thinking - OptimisationIn the years after the Second World War when lessons from military operations were applied to industrial companies and Government agencies an interest in systems ideas developed in many fields This interest was signalled by the formation of the Society for General Systems Research in 1954 a group of people who were interested in applying systems thinking in traditional disciplinesThe basic principle that a hard system thinking emphasises is the use of quantification and measurement to understand systems This strategy is intended to reduce the level of uncertainty that is associated with confronting problems and the possible options that are available to attempt to solve the problems The core belief of hard systems approaches are that rationalisation and systematisation of problem-solving processes will lead to the best
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