Structuring decision problems: A case study and reflections for practitioners

von Winterfeldt D & Fasolo B (2009). Structuring decision problems: A case study and reflections for practitioners. European Journal of Operational Research 199 (3): 857-866. DOI:10.1016/j.ejor.2009.01.063.

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Abstract

This article reviews several approaches to problem structuring and, in particular, the three-step structuring process for decision analysis proposed by von Winterfeldt and Edwards: (1) identifying the problem; (2) selecting an appropriate analytical approach; (3) developing the a detailed analytic structure. This three-step process is re-examined in the context of a decision analysis of alternative policies to reduce electromagnetic field exposure from electric power lines. This decision analysis was conducted for a public health organization funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and it was scrutinized throughout by interested stakeholders. As a result a significant effort went into structuring this problem appropriately, with some successes and some missteps. The article extracts lessons from this experience, updating existing guidance on structuring problems for decision analysis, and concluding with some general insights for problem structuring.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem structuring; Decision analysis; Decision analysis application; Evaluation; Stakeholders; Detailed structures; Mixing models; Behavioural decision making lessons
Research Programs: Directorate (DIR)
Bibliographic Reference: European Journal of Operational Research; 199(3):857-866 (16 December 2009)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 09:28
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/8853

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