The Coronavirus is more than a health problem. It is a “wicked” problem disrupting work, education, travel, politics, financial indicators, and more. This label came about in 1973 to help describe a special class of situations that are volatile, uncertain and ambiguous, often difficult to recognize, and difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements. There is no clear problem definition due to interdependencies so the problem cannot be fully understood until after the solution comes about.
Recommended CitationPourdehnad, John; Starr, Larry M.; Koerwer, Venard Scott; and McCloskey, Harry, "Our Wicked Problem" (2020). School of Continuing and Professional Studies Coronavirus Papers. Paper 1.