Strategic Choice Approach

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When Planning Under Pressure: The Strategic Choice Approach by John Friend and Allen Hickling appeared in 1987, it was the first mature exposition of the Strategic Choice Approach. Since then, the approach has been gathering support among decision makers, while also becoming widely taught in management, planning and policy schools.

A repetitive technique used for complex problems and their sub-problems, consisting of 4 basic principles

  • Shaping, involves identifying the problem areas
  • Designing, recognising what can be done, looking at possibilities and drawbacks.
  • Comparing, various ideas, evaluating the best possible way forward
  • Choosing, the best ideas for solving the problems. Compiling a plan of action, acknowledging any uncertainties.