|EA as instrument ||Questions of effectiveness - does it work? Efficiency, reliability, etc. Does the instrument have requisite variety?|
|EA as discourse ||Questions of relevance and coherence - does it make sense?|
|EA as community ||Questions of politics and affiliation and development - is there a collective character and intelligence, how does this coalition of supposedly like-minded people create and re-create itself?|
|EA as knowledge ||Questions of validity (epistemology) - to what extent are these knowledge claims grounded in practical experience?|
|EA as trade or service ||Questions of economic and ethical viability - who creates value for whom, who demands what from whom, governance.|
I think there are problems for EA from all five perspectives. While these problems are undoubtedly interconnected, they are logically distinct.
This set of problems produces a number of observable consequences.
- Crisis of confidence - EA practitioners not being sure of their value to the enterprise
- Credibility - People outside EA not having a clear understanding of the value of EA
- Failure of leadership - lots of self-appointed experts trying to impress their followers with grandiose abstractions, complicated schemas and random theories
- Existential angst - lots of pointless and empty discussions