Navigating complexity of multi-stakeholders collaborations

Britt Smulders


Caroline Hummels


Astrid Kaag


Brabant Outcome Funds

This project is about appreciating and navigating complexity in multi-stakeholder collaborations working on wicked problems, studied from a design perspective. When working with the complexity of wicked problems and multi-stakeholder collaborations the familiar reductionistic approaches are no longer sufficient. Systems and complexity theory provide a logic for appreciating and navigating complexity through the understanding of interrelations, engaging with multiple perspectives, and defining boundaries. This research positions a conceptual framework to apply these ideas based on both theory and practice. The purpose of this research is not to provide concrete tools, but to better understand the potential ways to navigate the complexity in these situations.