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A Step Beyond

Supplementing force field analysis with the converters and inhibitors model to support process improvement

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
September 2022
Issue:
Volume 55 Issue 9
Pages:
pp. 12-19
Author(s):
Mannelli, Giorgio
Organization(s):
National Nuclear Laboratories, Risley, England

Abstract

Force field analysis, with its emphasis on pushing or pulling forces reaching equilibria resulting in states, can by inception hide information relevant to understanding a state. If analysts incorporate the concepts of converters (think catalysts) and inhibitors, the forces affecting a state are individually richer in description, and the full picture can more easily be represented with all its relationships. Converters and inhibitors can be forces but also may represent static phenomena contributing to a force whose emphasis or deemphasis enhances, diminishes or otherwise changes that force.

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