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< previous page page_123 next page > Page 123 organisations to deal with their most important "problems". Second, most organisations fail to deal properly with messes because they find it difficult to challenge, seriously, accepted ways of doing things. Policy options that diverge considerably from current practice are not given systematic consideration. SAST aims to ensure that alternative policies and procedures are considered. Third, and stemming directly from Churchman, challenging currently preferred policies necessitates the generation of radically different policies or theories, since data alone, which can after all be interpreted in terms of existing theory, will not lead an organisation to change its preferred way of doing things. An organisation really begins to learn only when its most cherished assumptions are challenged by counter- assumptions. A variety of policy perspectives should, therefore, be produced, each supportable by the data
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