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We have not lived long enough: sensemaking and learning from bushfire in Australia

Dwyer, Graham and Hardy, Cynthia ORCID: 2016. We have not lived long enough: sensemaking and learning from bushfire in Australia. Management Learning 47 (1) , pp. 45-64. 10.1177/1350507615577047

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Organizations increasingly find themselves responding to unprecedented natural disasters that are experienced as complex, unpredictable, and harmful. We examine how organizations make sense and learn from these novel experiences by examining three Australian bushfires. We show how sensemaking and learning occurred during the public inquiries that followed these events, as well as how learning continued afterward with the help of “learning cues.” We propose a model that links public inquiry activities to changes in organizational practices. Given the interesting times in which we live, this model has important implications for future research on how new organizational practices can be enacted after public inquiries have concluded their work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: Published online before print April 8, 2015 Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at 01/02/2016)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1350-5076
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 February 2015
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 17:17

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