Shared Problem Definition

Role-playing to integrate perspectives in multi-stakeholder projects

Typically, organisations are structured within specific sectors based on disciplinary boundaries, while professionals are trained to tackle problems specific to their area of expertise with the aim of finding solutions. In contrast, transition projects necessitate collaboration between professionals from various disciplines and organisations, as well as a more integrative analysis of problems.

Given that each actor may have their own interpretation of a problem, discussing the problem together and developing a shared definition of the issue is regarded as a crucial step toward achieving successful transitions (Beers et al., 2016; Schäfer & Krüger, 2016). This tool provides a framework for integrating diverse perspectives in multi-stakeholder projects. 

Learning outcome

  • The student is able to integrate insights from diverse perspectives