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Post-Inquiry Sensemaking: The Case of the 'Black Saturday' Bushfires

Graham Dwyer, Cynthia Hardy, Steve Maguire



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 ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Faculty of Business & Economics and the Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne as well as the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australia. This research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.