A "worldview" of disaster: Organizational sensemaking in a wildland firefighting tragedy

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Abstract

    Using the 1994, South Canyon fire in Colorado as a case study, this article suggests Taylor's (1993) concept of worldview functions as an important "frame" for organizational sensemaking (Weick, 1995a). Taylor argues that organizations use either an "activity" or "particle" orientation. An activity view focuses attention on organizational units while a particle view sees the organization from the point of view of the product or customer. Results from this study indicate that an organization's worldview functions as an overarching metaphor that influences sensemaking and decisionmaking processes, and that the worldview perspective in retrospective accounts may differ from that of the participants themselves. copyright 2002, ACJ.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAmerican Communication Journal
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Dec 2003

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'A "worldview" of disaster: Organizational sensemaking in a wildland firefighting tragedy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this