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Essay heading: 9-Step Problem Solving Model
 
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Without an initial proper analysis of the problem, implementation for an effective working solution is impossible. We found the initial step of the model most effective when we identified the facts without trying to reach a solution within a group atmosphere. Due to the different perspectives of various team members, the team identified different aspects of the problem, which in turn, helped to later identify alternative solutions to the problem...
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Due to the different perspectives of various team members, the team identified different aspects of the problem, which in turn, helped to later identify alternative solutions to the problem. Generic benchmarking on cross-cultural negotiations, co-branding, and researching on protecting intellectual property helped our learning team identify different strategies in the problem-solving approach for USAuto...
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