Versione di lingua italiana
Deutsch Sprachenversion
English language version
Choose language:

» Economics » Organizational theory » Topics begins with M » Muddling Through

Page modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 23:22:58

By "itself Durchwursteln " or English "Muddling Through "one understands a control conception, which does completely without central and/or centralistic planning, with which the system control as it were than result of a tuning of all participants involved taken place among themselves mutually arises.

General agent

The control conception "Muddling Through "was explained the first time 1959 by Charles E. to Lindblom (Biografie of Charles E. Lindblom) in "The Science OF Muddling Through". Further representatives of these opinions were H.E. Wrapp 1967, J. Quinn 1980, K. Ganser, W. Siebel and T. Sieverts.


The theory "of the Muddling Through "originates originally from the range of the society theory and by the organizational theory was only later taken up. Were located in particular questions of the organizational change in the center. "Muddling Through "was developed in more or less direct argument with representatives of flat-determined control concepts. This kind of the control conception ranks among the category of the incrementalistic control (see incrementalism), under what one summarizes beginnings, which reject a comprehensive total planning and instead recommends a control in small, visible and thus easily revisable steps.


The starting point Lindbloms considerations was the limitness of any views of entireness of social systems. Total plans led therefore during direct conversion of necessary way to unexpected and unwanted (secondary) consequences.

The concept from Lindblom was used in different way on economical connections and also as general concept of the enterprise control large approval met with like for example with H.E. Wrapp 1967 or J. Quinn 1980. In word choice and argumentation structure K lean. Ganser, W. Siebel and T. Sieverts likewise against the science of "the Muddling Through " from Charles E. Lindblom (1975, P. 163), which differentiates between "a rational-comprehensive" method and such "of iterative limited comparing" with respect to planning situations. Charles E. Lindblom means however recapitulatory: "So the iterative (itself gradually approximating) method of limited comparisons is indeed also a method or a system; it is not by any means the failure of all methods, for which the administration would have felt guilty. The lack of this method, are numerous nevertheless (...). It has for example no warranty for the fact that all values concerned are considered; so outstanding planning alternatives could remain unconsidered alone, because they did not emerge so far in the interrelation of incremental changes" (ders., 1975, P. 175). A representative for another variant of the incrementalism is Karl Popper with its concept "piecemeal engineering "(piece work social technology), which not completely without planning does, but must her by "the principle of the continuing error correction "be led.


(1) The control concept "Muddling Through "considers not sufficiently the balance of power in the Aushandlungsprozessen.

(2) In addition this kind of the control ends frequently in directionless drift due to the adjustment at the more near in each case future.

(3) Likewise it is frequently necessarily extensive to make decisions not revisable (direction) which itself not when let consequence of incremental steps reach.

(4) The moreover one at the control conception "Muddling Through is criticized "that it supports forces, which want to retain the status quo and prevent innovations.

To the critics of Charles E. Lindblom belong among other things to A. Etzioni 1968 and G. Johnson 1988.


  • Etzioni, Amitai: The active society, London et al. 1968. ISBN 3-531-11151-5
  • Ganser, K.; Siebel W.; Sieverts T.: The planning strategy of the IBA Em park - an approximation in: Magazine space planning, booklet No. 61, Dortmund 1993.
  • Johnson, Gerry: Rethinking Incrementalism in: SMJ, Jg. 9, 1988, P. 75-91.
  • Lindblom, E. Charles: The Science OF Muddling Through in: Public administration Review, Jg. 19. , 1959, P. 79-88, ISBN 0-829-03504-4
  • Popper, Karl: The misery of historicism et al. 1965, ISBN 3-169-45291-6
  • Quinn, James: Strategies OF CHANGE. "Logical Incrementalism" Homewood 1980, ISBN 0-256-02543-6
  • George; Of Werder, Alex: Hand dictionary management and organization 4. Aufl., Poeschel, Stuttgart 2004, P. 1369-1374, ISBN 3-7910-8050-4
  • University of Dortmund: '' Theories of planning ''
  • Wrapp, H. Edward: Good of manager Don't Make Policy Decisions in: HBR, Jg. 45, H. 5/1967, P. 91-99.

Articles in category "Muddling Through"

We found here 2 articles.


» Matrix organization
» Muddling Through

Related Websites

We found here 5 related websites.

  • "Muddling Through" (1994)
    Muddling Through - Cast, Crew, Reviews, Plot Summary, Comments, Discussion, Taglines, Trailers, Posters, Photos, Showtimes, Link to Official Site, ...

  • 3221: Rationality vs. "Muddling Through" (Spring 2003)
    The phrase, "muddling through", comes of course from the pride the British take in "muddling through somehow", seeing their bureaucratic decision process as ...

  • alt tags - Muddling Through
    Web site designers should think hard about how to keep users from muddling around on their sites....

  • News Release: Muddling Through
    Proponents of muddling through -- a term that sums up the notion of incrementalism ... "A Model of Muddling Through," by Jonathan Bendor (American Political ...

  • SBSM September 1996 - Faculty Research Report
    Proponents of muddling through -- a term that sums up the notion of incrementalism ... "A Model of Muddling Through," by Jonathan Bendor (American Political ...

Page cached: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 19:58:46
Valid XHTML 1.0!  Valid CSS!

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape