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Post-Inquiry sensemaking: the case of the 'Black Saturday' bushfires

Dwyer, Graham, Hardy, Cynthia and Maguire, Steve 2020. Post-Inquiry sensemaking: the case of the 'Black Saturday' bushfires. Organization Studies 10.1177/0170840619896271

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Abstract

We examine post-inquiry sensemaking by emergency management practitioners following an inquiry into the most damaging bushfire disaster in Australia’s history. We theorize a model of post-inquiry sensemaking with four distinct but overlapping phases during which sensemaking becomes more prospective over time. In addition to providing important insights into what has, hitherto, been a neglected arena for sensemaking studies, i.e. post-inquiry sensemaking, we contribute to the understanding of sensemaking more generally. Specifically, we show the complex nature of the relationship between sensemaking and equivocality, explain how multiple frames enhance sensemaking, and explore temporality in sensemaking over time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0170-8406
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 November 2019
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 12:15
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/129332

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