- A method of reasoning or problem solving that first defines the simpler functions or tasks, and later uses this base to proceed to higher levels. This contrasts with a top-down approach, where higher-level functions or tasks are defined, and then broken down into simpler functions. Also known as bottom-up approach, or bottom-up design.
- synonymbottom-up approach
- synonymbottom-up design
- noun a style of leadership that encourages employees at all levels to take part in decision-making and problem-solving.