Making sense of change: the commonplace profusion of catastrophic perceptions

Izak, Michal (2014) Making sense of change: the commonplace profusion of catastrophic perceptions. In: 11th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, 9-11 July 2014, Cardiff University.

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The paper aims to explore the social construction of catastrophe in the historically situated context, the construction of catastrophic spectacles, as well as the processes of ‘normalization’ of the critical situation (O’Neill, 2011). The study will argue that the perceptions of crisis and catastrophe are not unique to ‘cosmology episodes’ resulting in the loss of contextual rationality (Weick, 1993), and that ‘catastrophization’ of social reality can be perceived as the popular sensemaking method, managerial tool, as well as associated with the dynamics of identity construction. The discussion of findings will be structured with a view to facilitate future studies...

Additional Information:Conference title: Terra Firma, Terra Nova, Terra Incognita
Keywords:Sensemaking, Crisis, Normality, Catastrophe
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:30 Apr 2014 08:51

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