Solving the unsolvable: How to address complex politically-charged transorganizational problems
Washington State had a big problem. Every time there was a significant rainfall, tens of thousands of acres of shellfish beds in the Puget Sound were automatically closed due to potentially dangerous levels of fecal coliform bacteria. These closures were highly disruptive and expensive, idling workers and creating shortages throughout the entire supply chain that delivered fresh oysters and clams for restaurants, stores, and export. The closures lasted until the beds could be tested to confirm that fecal coliform concentrations were back to acceptable levels. The high volume of seawater that shellfish filter as they feed means that contaminants leave their systems relatively quickly once the water becomes clean again.
Robinson, Alan G. and Schroeder, Dean M., "Solving the unsolvable: How to address complex politically-charged transorganizational problems" (2017). Business Faculty Publications. 60.