polylemma

polylemma

(ˌpɒlɪˈlɛmə)
n
(Logic) logic a debate forcing a choice between contradictory positions
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polylemma

a multiple dilemma or one with many equally unacceptable alternatives; a difficult predicament.
See also: Logic
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A key focus of the research effort in Aachen is to resolve what engineering scientists in the technology cluster refer to as "the polylemma of production." The polylemma, according to Simon Orilski from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, consists of two sets of contradictory dimensions: economies of scale versus economies of scope, and planning versus value.
The other dimension of the polylemma is whether to plan all production processes in advance using models to describe the production system and simulate its behavior or to "value" the self-organizing capabilities of the production system and trust, for instance, in the skills of employees.
"The polylemma aims to provide support in resolving exactly this type of question."