By Martin C. Libicki
Throughout a large choice of endeavors, failure to expect catastrophe has been ascribed to the shortcoming to "connect the dots." yet to "connect the dots," one needs to first "collect the dots." The authors examine the obstacles to circulating very important details and describes methods for bringing details jointly in a significant means and describe a proper approach for gathering the dots.
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Agents are very case-oriented; they are less interested in general understanding than are their counterparts in intelligence agencies. This organizational culture must be embraced in any solution, so that trust and credibility are mapped into any process that supports decisionmaking. The unexpected interaction between air bags and theft protection illustrates that compartmentalization can occur even where security factors are not paramount. Indeed, the social science literature suggests that people tend to compartmentalize naturally, to break problems into smaller elements that are more manageable and understandable.
Tochtermann and H. Maurer. 2 Putting the Pieces Together Simply amalgamating the findings of several disciplines will not solve the dot collection problem. Rather, any solution must come from a careful analysis of the problem from (at least) the several perspectives mentioned above, plus empirical study to enrich our understanding of communication and decisionmaking. Thus, we see the need for at least three steps: 1. Identifying the barriers to dot collection. In the next section, we analyze each of the seven vignettes to determine what prevented information from being recognized and communicated to the appropriate parties.
In such cases, social networking is essential. Yet is the difference between job hunting and dot collecting/connecting merely one of scale? Yes and no. The medical community illustrates the duality of the problem. S. , metropolitan area. So two randomly selected doctors are unlikely to know one another. On the other hand, all such doctors are professional peers of one another. They need no introductions to begin taking each other seriously; the network created by their shared education and skill connects them easily and quickly, lending them credibility and respect as well as instant access.
Collecting the Dots: Problem Formulation and Solution Elements by Martin C. Libicki