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

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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)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformation and sustainability in agriculture Connecting practice with social theory
EditorsS.R. Vellema
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Number of pages168
ISBN (Print)9789086861613
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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