Identifying a New Role of the Future Planner

by C. Jotin Khisty, Illinois Inst of Technology, Chicago, United States,
Steen Leleur, Illinois Inst of Technology, Chicago, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


It has been amply demonstrated over the last three decades that public planning is subject to great uncertainties, both in dealing with new technologies as well as in dealing with fuzzy goals. The Rational Planning Model (RPM), which is still the mainstay of the planning process is becoming increasingly problematic. This paper examines three topics: (1) the question of rationality and uncertainty, (2) the relationship between rationality and meta-methodology and (3) the new role of the planner, both as a technician and as an effective communicator. It is conducted that acceptance of planning as essentially tied to unbounded uncertainty indicates the need for the future planner to integrate and master skills both from the hard quantitative approach as well as the softqualitative one.

Subject Headings: Uncertainty principles | Engineering profession | Mathematical models | Fuzzy logic | Mathematics | Decision making | Algorithms

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