ENACTED SENSEMAKING IN CRISIS SITUATIONS[1]

Authors


Professor Karl Weick, School of Business Administration, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-1234, USA.

ABSTRACT

Sensemaking in crisis conditions is made more difficult because action that is instrumental to understanding the crisis often intensifies the crisis. This dilemma is interpreted from the perspective that people enact the environments which constrain them. It is argued that commitment, capacity, and expectations affect sensemaking during crisis and the severity of the crisis itself. It is proposed that the core concepts of enactment may comprise an ideology that reduces the likelihood of crisis.

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