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Method: Conceptual processes summarized

Global Strategies Project


Figure 1. Strategy entries: conceptual processes

1.a: Detecting/Finding/Scanning
-- accumulating variants
-- symptoms/pre-strategies

1.b: Eliminating/Rejecting/Filtering
-- non-strategies (cases, solutions, theories, events, projects)

2.a: Clustering/Grouping
-- combining synonyms, aspects, duplicates
-- tidying up variants

2.b: Splitting/Distinguishing
-- combining synonyms, aspects, duplicates
-- tidying up variants

3.a: Responding to sources
-- sensitivity to where people are
-- what people identify with
-- accept unforeseen categories

3.b: Detachment from fashionable
-- reservations concerning solution / value hype
-- articulating value dimension
-- clarifying value qualifiers as ordering principle

4.a: Sharpening names/keywords
-- renaming / strategizing
-- dehyping / deproblemizing
-- what is the problem-focus of the solution
-- alternative names to facilitate location

4.b: Broadening / Balancing
-- inserting anthropocentric terms where implicity
-- opening possibility of nonanthropocentric equivalent.
-- opening up sets / series
-- is there a complementary strategy

5.a: Naming more general strategies
-- naming clusters
-- creating intermediary strategies to group / label subclusters

5.b: Determining level of specificity
-- appropriate cutoff points at bottom of hierarchies
-- what should only be covered at a more general level

6.a: Elaborating description
sharp, not waffly
-- appropriate amount
-- transfer aspects of megastrategy texts to substrategies

6.b: Caring for poorly articulated (inadequately documented) strategies


Figure 2. Strategy relationships: conceptual processes

1.a: Detecting/Finding/Scanning
-- recognized relationships

1.b: Eliminating/Rejecting/Filtering
-- misconceived relationships
-- too vague, too specific

2.a: Forming hierarchy
-- tidying up

2.b: Distinguishing hierarchies
splitting off branches

3.a: Shifting level to more general relationships

3.b: Shifting level to more specific relationships

4.a: Inserting implicit relationships

4.b: Eliminating erroneous relationships

5.a: Responding to necessity of ordering clusters
appropriate cutoff points
-- adjusting from minimal to optimal ordering

5.b: Avoiding excessive imposition of simplistic ordering

6.a: Cross-referencing broader world problems

6.b: Cross-referencing more specific problems

7.a: Crossreferencing concerned organizations

7.b: Crossreferencing bibliographic sources


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