Competing priorities


Potentially conflicting outcomes within technological practice[1] that require identification and a judgment on relative value in order to decide on an appropriate course of action.
Competing priorities[2] might include such things as:

  • conflicting stakeholder[3] viewpoints
  • expedient practices versus ethically acceptable practices
  • the use of renewable versus non-renewable resources[4]
  • budget constraints versus the use of ideal materials
  • the use of resources of cultural significance in traditional versus contemporary contexts.
Terms definitions
1. technological practice. The incremental practices involved in creating a technological outcome: including identifying needs or opportunities, exploring, defining and developing potential outcomes, and modelling, evaluating, and testing to ensure resulting outcomes are fit for purpose. « Back to Glossary Index
2. Competing priorities. Potentially conflicting outcomes within technological practice that require identification and a judgment on relative value in order to decide on an appropriate course of action. Competing priorities might include such things as: conflicting stakeholder viewpoints expedient practices versus ethically acceptable practices the use of renewable versus non-renewable resources budget constraints versus the use of ideal […]
3. stakeholder. A person or groups of people (families, whānau, communities, iwi, organisations, businesses) with a vested interest in a technological outcome, and/or its development. « Back to Glossary Index
4. resources. Something (raw materials, time, personnel, information) used to help achieve an objective. « Back to Glossary Index