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3.9 Conceptual processes summarized

Figure 1. Strategy entries: conceptual processes (see also: Strategy relationships)

1a: Detecting/Finding/Scanning

accumulating variants


1b: Eliminating/Rejecting/Filtering

non-strategies (cases, solutions, theories, events, projects)

2a: Clustering/Grouping

combining synonyms, aspects, duplicates

tidyingup variants

2b: Splitting/Distinguishing

combining synonyms, aspects, duplicates

tidyingup variants

3a: Responding to sources

sensitivity to where people are

what people identify with

accept unforeseen categories

3b: Detachment from fashionable

reservations concerning solution / value hype

articulating value dimension

clarifying value qualifiers as ordering principle

4a: Sharpening names/keywords

renaming / strategizing

dehyping / deproblemizing

what is the problem-focus of the solution

alternative names to facilitate location

4b: Broadening / Balancing

inserting anthropocentric terms where implicity

opening possibility of nonanthropocentric equivalent.

opening up sets / series

is there a complementary strategy

5a: Naming more general strategies

naming clusters

creating intermediary strategies to group / label subclusters

5b: Determining level of specificity

appropriate cutoff points at bottom of hierarchies

what should only be covered at a more general level

6a: Elaborating description

sharp, not waffly

appropriate amount

transfer aspects of megastrategy texts to substrategies

6b: Caring for poorly articulated and inadequately documented strategies

Figure 2. Strategy relationships: conceptual processes (see also Strategy entries)

1a: Detecting/Finding/Scanning

recognized relationships

1b: Eliminating/Rejecting/Filtering

misconceived relationships

too vague, too specific

2a:Forming hierarchy

tidying up

2b: Distinguishing hierarchies

splitting off branches

3a: Shifting level to more general relationships

3b:Shifting level to more specific relationships

4a: Inserting implicit relationships

4b: Eliminating erroneous relationships

5a: Responding to necessity of ordering clusters

appropriate cutoff points

adjusting from minimal to optimal ordering

5b: Avoiding excessive imposition of simplistic ordering

6a: Cross-referencing broader problems

6b: Cross-referencing more specific problerms

7a: Cross-referencing concerned organizations

7b: Crossreferencing bibliographic sources