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Doubt management as a tool for change: Karl E. Weick

  • Trond SelnesEmail author
  • Catrien Termeer
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Abstract

The young lieutenant of a small Hungarian detachment in the Alps sent a reconnaissance unit into the icy wilderness. It began to snow immediately, snowed for 2 days and the unit did not return. The lieutenant suffered, fearing that he has despatched his own people to death. But on the third day the unit came back. Where had they been? How had they made their way? Yes, they said, we considered ourselves lost and waited for the end. And then one of us found a map in his pocket. That calmed us down. We pitched camp, lasted the snowstorm, and then with the map we discovered our bearings. And here we are. The lieutenant borrowed this remarkable map and had a good look at it. He discovered to his astonishment that it was not a map of the Alps, but a map of the Pyrenees. (Weick, 1995: 54)

Keywords

Transition Management Transition Path Wicked Problem Genuine Interest Sensemaking Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI)Wageningen University and Research CentreWageningenNetherlands
  2. 2.Public Administration and Policy GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

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